Hey, Great News!! HPD Has A Whole New Ticket "Crackdown" Coming!!
We've all thoroughly enjoyed the DWI "No Refusal" weekends, the "Click It or Ticket" campaigns, the child-seat inspections that law-enforcement agencies have been rolling out with regularity lately.
Get ready for a new one: the "Move Over or Slow Down" ticket blitz by Houston police.
HPD has announced that they're setting aside a week to "actively educat[e] motorists" about the law that requires them to slow down or move over a lane when they are passing a police or emergency vehicle on the side of the road with its lights on.
How will this active education be conducted? By "actively enforcing" the law. "Citations will be issued," HPD says.
This means, by the way, that if you are passing a stopped and lit-up HPD car on a street with a 35 mph speed limit, you need to be going no faster than 15 mph or face a ticket.
Under Texas law, motorists approaching a stationary emergency vehicle with its signals (emergency lights) on are required to either vacate the lane closest to the emergency vehicle (if a lane is available) or slow to a speed no more than 20 miles per hour below the posted speed limit. When the posted speed limit is 25 miles per hour or less, the driver must slow down to five miles per hour.
"Many motorists are unfamiliar with this law and we need to educate them," HPD Lieutenant Mike Hoesel said, ominously. Very ominously.
We don't know if this means HPD will be using decoy cars with their lights on as bait, but we do know that -- for at least the week of July 12, we'll be trying not to get actively educated.