Change to Driving Law takes effect Monday
EL PASO (KTSM) — The state's Move Over/Slow Down Law requires drivers to yield to police, fire and emergency vehicles. The state has extended it to provide protection for Texas Department of Transportation workers as well.
TxDOT workers risk their lives every day, working just feet from speeding cars.
It can lead to accidents, some with deadly consequences.
A driver hit and killed 41-year-old Ciro Lozano as he was working on U.S. 54 and the Fred Wilson exit ramp on June 25.
Police said the driver; Alberto Garcia kept driving, but was later arrested and charged with Lozano's death.
"This one particular family from TxDOT won't see their daddy anymore. He won't come home anymore and we don't want that we want everybody to go home safely at the end of the day," said Blanca Del Valle.
Starting Labor Day, drivers must move out of the lane closest to the TxDOT vehicle if possible or reduce their speed to 20 miles per hour below the speed limit.
We asked Del Valle is that if this law was in place before then, could it have saved his life?
"I want to think that yes, it would have helped but you never know because it all depends on who's driving," said Del Valle.
TxDOT hopes all drivers will pay attention to the new requirement to prevent another tragedy on our roads.
"We ask the public to please remember and respect this law and to move over or slow down," said Del Valle. "Be aware that they are out there. They also have families. They want to go home too."
The change goes into effect on Sunday.
If you're caught breaking the Move Over/Slow Down Law, you can face a $200 fine.