AAA Texas: State leads in number of people killed along roads outside of disabled vehicle

Texas had the highest number of people killed outside of a disabled vehicle from 2015 to 2019, totaling 263 people

HOUSTON (KAHI) – According to the latest available data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), Texas had the highest number of people killed outside of a vehicle in breakdown from 2015 to 2019, totaling 263 people.

AAA Texas is calling on drivers in the Lone Star State to adhere to the statewide ‘Move Over or Slow Down’ law that requires drivers to move into a lane or slow down to 20 mph below the limit of posted speed when approaching emergency vehicles, law enforcement, towing. trucks, utility vehicles, Texas Department of Transportation vehicles, or other highway construction or maintenance vehicles using visual signals or activated flashing lights at the side of the road.

Fatalities like these can be avoided if drivers slow down and move to give our heroes of the road room to work safely

Daniel Armbruster, AAA Texas spokesperson

In Texas, drivers who don’t give emergency and work crews, including tow trucks, the space they need to do their jobs safely can be ticketed and fined up to $200. . If there is an accident that causes injury to a worker, drivers can be fined up to $2,000.

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