Today, the Odessa Police Department was out on Highway 191 conducting their “Move Over, Slow Down” operation.
Officials say they issued several citations last year during the operation. In 2019, OPD officials say they issued 29 citations.
The goal, according to a release, is to protect emergency personnel and first responders as several have nearly been hit in Odessa while conducting traffic stops or working crashes.
If you are unaware of the law when passing an emergency vehicle here are some things from the OPD to keep in mind:
1) Motorists must drive 20 mph below the posted speed limit when passing an emergency vehicle in the closest lane or move over an additional lane and continue at the posted speed.
2) If the posted speed limit is below 25 mph, the driver must slow down to 5 mph when passing an
emergency vehicle in the closest lane or move over an additional lane and continue at the posted speed.
3) This law applies to all police vehicles, fire trucks, ambulances, TXDOT vehicles, and tow trucks.
4) Failing to move over or slow down while passing an emergency vehicle can result in a fine of up to $160