Focus at Four: 'Move Over Law' in Texas

BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) - Services have been scheduled for Texas Department of Public Safety Senior Trooper Thomas Nipper.

The 63-year-old husband and father of a son and two daughters was killed in a weekend crash on Interstate 35 in Temple.

Nipper was conducting a traffic stop on the southbound shoulder of the interstate Saturday afternoon when his patrol car was struck from behind by a pickup.

He died at Scott & White Medical Center in Temple.

Sgt. Jimmy Morgan with DPS joined us on First News at Four to talk about the move over law.

"Our highways are getting more congested as people continue to move to our state, so TXDOT is doing the best they can to keep up by adding more lanes and more room," Morgan said.

According to TXDOT, the Move Over law requires motorists to move out of the lane closest to the TXDOT or emergency vehicle when possible or reduce their speed to 20 miles per hour below the posted limit.
If the road does not offer multiple lanes, the driver must slow down.

On roadways with posted speed limits of 25 miles per hour or less, drivers must reduce their speed to 5 miles per hour.

Violators can be fined up to $2,000.