Special to The Dallas Examiner
Christmas and New Year’s drivers urged to move over or slow down for tow trucks and other emergency vehicles
AUSTIN – As they travel Texas roadways during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, motorists are urged to slow down or move over for stopped emergency vehicles including tow trucks, police cars and fire trucks.
Texas law requires drivers to slow down at least 20 miles per hour under the posted speed limit or, if able, to change lanes when they’re passing a first responder stopped on the road.
Large numbers of travelers are expected on Texas roads, which means that more breakdowns and traffic stops are likely as well. Drivers should pay attention to what’s happening around them and prepare to react quickly.
“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. “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.”
TDLR regulates tow trucks as well as driver education and driving safety courses.
2022 Funding of $80 Million for DFW and Love Field airports as part of Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act
Congressman Colin Allred, TX-32, a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee today announced more than $63.8 million in funding for DFW Airport and $16.3 million for Dallas Love Field as part of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, Texas will receive $241.5 million total for fiscal year 2022 for airports across the state, the second-largest amount of any state.
“Our airports are the economic engines that power job creation and growth here in North Texas and that’s why I was a strong supporter of the bipartisan infrastructure law and the substantial investments this will make across our region,” said Allred. “These funds will help our airports expand and help improve services across the board. I look forward to working with our airports and our many other transportation-related agencies as this law is implemented and funds continue to move out the door.”