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The Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation is urging drivers to be vigilant for tow trucks and other emergency vehicles while on the roads this holiday season.  

Motorists are asked to slow down or move over for emergency vehicles such as police cars and fire trucks.  

Drivers are required by Texas law to slow down at least 20 miles per hour under the posted speed limit or change lanes, if able, when passing a first responder stopped on the road.  

“Our tow truck licensees work hard every day to help people who are stranded on the side of the road. And, like everyone else, they are anxious to return home safely each night,” said Brian E. Francis, executive director for the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR). “Please slow down or move over when you see emergency vehicles stopped on the side of the road. It’s the safe thing to do and it’s the law. Let’s make the holiday memorable for positive reasons and not because someone was killed or injured.” 

With more drivers expected on the roads over the next two weeks, vehicle breakdowns and traffic stops are likely to increase as well. Drivers are encouraged to pay attention to what’s happening around them and react quickly.  

Nathan Giese, Muleshoe Journal

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