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  • ATTENTION all Texas residents!

    Please write your congressman regarding the following...

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    78R2204 MTB-F
    By: Bonnen H.B. No. 252

    A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT

    relating to vehicles passing certain stationary emergency vehicles
    on a highway.
    BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
    SECTION 1. This Act may be cited as the Move Over Act.
    SECTION 2. Subchapter D, Chapter 545, Transportation Code,
    is amended by adding Section 545.157 to read as follows:
    Sec. 545.157. PASSING AUTHORIZED EMERGENCY VEHICLE.
    (a) On approaching a stationary authorized emergency vehicle using
    visual signals that meet the requirements of Sections 547.305 and
    547.702, an operator, unless otherwise directed by a police
    officer, shall:
    (1) vacate the lane closest to the emergency vehicle
    when driving on a highway with two or more lanes traveling in the
    direction of the emergency vehicle; or
    (2) slow to a speed not to exceed:
    (A) 20 miles per hour less than the posted speed
    limit when the posted speed limit is 25 miles per hour or more; or
    (B) five miles per hour when the posted speed
    limit is less than 25 miles per hour.
    (b) An offense under this section is punishable by a fine of
    not less than $60 or more than $200.
    SECTION 3. This Act takes effect September 1, 2003.



  • #2
    pO1ic3m4n,

    quote:
    Originally posted by p01ic3m4n:
    Please write your congressman regarding the following...

    quote:

    78R2204 MTB-F
    By: Bonnen H.B. No. 252

    A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT

    relating to vehicles passing certain stationary emergency vehicles
    on a highway.
    BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
    SECTION 1. This Act may be cited as the Move Over Act.
    SECTION 2. Subchapter D, Chapter 545, Transportation Code,
    is amended by adding Section 545.157 to read as follows:
    Sec. 545.157. PASSING AUTHORIZED EMERGENCY VEHICLE.
    (a) On approaching a stationary authorized emergency vehicle using
    visual signals that meet the requirements of Sections 547.305 and
    547.702, an operator, unless otherwise directed by a police
    officer, shall:
    (1) vacate the lane closest to the emergency vehicle
    when driving on a highway with two or more lanes traveling in the
    direction of the emergency vehicle; or
    (2) slow to a speed not to exceed:
    (A) 20 miles per hour less than the posted speed
    limit when the posted speed limit is 25 miles per hour or more; or
    (B) five miles per hour when the posted speed
    limit is less than 25 miles per hour.
    (b) An offense under this section is punishable by a fine of
    not less than $60 or more than $200.
    SECTION 3. This Act takes effect September 1, 2003.



    If this is a Texas state law, why would you encourage someone to write their Congressman?
    Retired

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    • #3
      quote:
      Originally posted by retired:
      If this is a Texas state law, why would you encourage someone to write their Congressman?

      it is not a law. it is scheduled for public hearing in the next few months. it is only a house bill that was proposed last month.

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      • #4
        p01ic,

        quote:
        Originally posted by p01ic3m4n:
        quote:
        Originally posted by retired:
        If this is a Texas state law, why would you encourage someone to write their Congressman?

        it is not a law. it is scheduled for public hearing in the next few months. it is only a house bill that was proposed last month.
        But isn't the proposed legislation in the Texas state legislature, and not the federal congress?
        Retired

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        • #5
          My husband says it is a law in lorida but I'm not sure. But I do it anyway. I was with him one day when I saw an officer standing beside a car on the Interstate and I could not get over. He told me to slow down to 50 if I could and I did. I think it's a good law. Oficers are like sitting ducks standing beside cars.

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          • #6
            ok, let me rephrase it. write the state representative for your district.

            http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/fyi/fyi.htm

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            • #7
              Ok, exactly WHAT do you want us to say about it?

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              • #8
                in 2000, 16 officers were run over by vehicles. that's 16 too many.

                this law might lower that number.

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                • #9
                  It will probably be hard to enforce unless there is another officer on the scene but it can't hurt anything to put it in the public's minds & hope for voluntary compliance. Beats that stupid drive-in-the-right-hand-lane law.

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                  • #10
                    i've talked to a few officers from out of state agencys that have that law. they are tough on it. they will give a warning on their current stop to go after the one violating that law.

                    we have two guys that tag team on stops. one will make a stop and the other will pull behind him and run radar. they write a lot of speeding tickets that way. amazing.

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                    • #11
                      This would be a nice law to have. There have been numerous times I've had people intentionaly see how close they can get their outside mirriors to my back. Even after I have 1/3 of a lane blocked with my squad car and both my overheads and arrow stick on.
                      RADAR is the 8th wonder of the world.

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                      • #12
                        quote:
                        Originally posted by Evnings:
                        There have been numerous times I've had people intentionaly see how close they can get their outside mirriors to my back.

                        You can always find something to write these yahoos for. If someone "buzzes" me they can expect something in return.

                        I'd support it. Too many folks have been hit by a-holes and inconsiderate people.
                        "Trust me. I'm from the government, I'm here to help."

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                        • #13
                          quote:

                          Thank you for your letter in support of HB 252 by Bonnen. Although I am not on the Transportation committee which will hear this bill, when it reaches the house floor, I will support it.
                          Rep. Toby Goodman

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