Highway Patrol to increase enforcement of move over or slow down law Share:Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Posted in Ellis County, Headline on August 24, 2015 by Staff Report Photo courtesy Texas Department of Public Safety. ELLIS COUNTY – Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) troopers this week will be working in conjunction with the Texas Department of Transportation in Ellis County to enhance enforcement of the "Move Over/Slow Down" law on various roadways. The "Texas Move Over/ Slow Down Law" requires drivers nearing stopped emergency vehicles – with activated lights – to either slow down or change lanes.The law states that drivers must slow down to 20 miles below the speed limit or vacate the lane. (If the speed limit is below 25 miles per hour, the driver must slow down to 5 miles per hour).Emergency vehicles include police, emergency medical service, fire vehicles, tow trucks and Texas Department of Transportation vehicles.Individuals who violate this traffic law could face a maximum fine of $200. If the violation results in property damage, the maximum fine increases to $500. If the violation results in bodily injury, the offense is enhanced to a Class B misdemeanor. You may also be interested in readingMajor accident on Hwy 67 sends three to hospitalUPDATED: Walmart parking lot shooting suspect in custodyWoman sentenced to maximum sentence of 10 years for identity theftCounty judge receives criticism for circumventing commissioners’ courtEnnis police investigating homicide after finding burnt bodyEllis County Sheriff issues statement about altercation on New Years DayGroup to emphasize high-speed rail problems during March 17 public meetingRed Oak woman killed by hit and run driverETMC Ellis County pullout: Writing was on the wallSheriff, deputies and residents dispute candidate Winn’s tornado claims ← PHOTOS: Lady Indians varsity volleyball defeats Poteet 3-1Midlothian Heritage HS coach performs CPR to save spectator → You must log in to post a comment.