AUSTIN Springtime in Texas is known for the beautiful wildflowers that blanket the fields and roadsides across our state, including the state flower, the Bluebonnet. Here are a few tips to help everyone enjoy the wildflower season safely and lawfully.
While there is no law against picking the state flower, laws do exist against damaging or destroying rights-of-way and government property. So even though picking a few flowers may be okay, individuals should not dig up clumps of flowers or drive their vehicle into a field of flowers.
Flower fans must also consider laws against criminal trespassing and make sure they are not on private property when stopping to enjoy or take photos of the wildflowers. Individuals should also be cautious of snakes, fire ants and other potential dangers while observing wildflowers.
DPS encourages motorists to be mindful of laws against impeding traffic and exercise caution when slowing down to enjoy the view; and if you decide to stop, choose areas with light traffic conditions.
For the safety of yourself and others, consider the following tips:
• Signal before leaving or entering the roadway.
• Park off the roadway (off of improved shoulders), parallel to the road in the direction of traffic.
• Don’t cross lanes of traffic on foot to get to the flowers.
• Obey signs that prohibit parking on a particular stretch of roadway.
Remember that failure to follow the rules of the road any time of the year could earn you a ticket. So be careful, be practical and be sure to abide by our laws while enjoying the Texas wildflowers this and every year.
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