Move over…or get a ticket

By: Mystic Matthews Email
By: Mystic Matthews Email

SHERMAN, Tex. -- Texas State Law says when an emergency vehicle is pulled over on the shoulder, you need to move over and give them room, but it's a law many drivers don't follow, and now Sherman police are cracking down for their safety and for yours.

It’s unfortunate when you get pulled over for speeding or some other traffic violation, but did you know passing an emergency vehicle in the near lane could get you a ticket?

It is a state law for drivers to move over to the next lane. The majority of people do, but some don't, and that's when Sherman Police Corporal Brad Gibson says it can become dangerous.

Gibson says if you can't get over safely, then don’t, but in that case, he says you must slow down to 20 miles per hour below the posted limit.

Gibson works Highway 75 in Sherman as a traffic officer, so he wants to get the word out that moving over is not just a courtesy, it’s the law.

We asked drivers in the area if they were aware of the law, and got these responses:

"I thought it was just a courtesy."

"I didn't know you could get pulled over for it."

The next time you see an officer with somebody pulled over or any emergency vehicle, Gibson says do them and yourself a favor, and move over.

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