Passing An Emergency Vehicle

A law went into effect September 2003 that makes it a violation to pass certain stationary emergency vehicles on a highway.

Transportation Code Section 545.157

Transportation Code Section 545.157 states that on approaching a stationary authorized emergency vehicle using visual signals, an operator of a vehicle, unless otherwise directed by a police officer, shall vacate the lane closest to the emergency vehicle when driving on a highway with two or more lanes traveling in the direction of the emergency vehicle; or slow to a speed not to exceed 20 miles per hour less than the posted speed limit when the posted speed limit is 25 miles per hour or more, or five miles per hour when the posted speed limit is less than 25 miles per hour.

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