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*HOUSTON MEDIA ADVISORY* for FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14

Interviews for ‘Move Over or Slow Down Day’ Serve as a Reminder for Drivers to Respect Roadside Crews

Houston, TX Transportation and Traffic Safety
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AAA Texas, Houston TranStar, Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Houston-Galveston Area Council and Local Tow Truck Drivers Offering Interviews to Raise Awareness about ‘Move Over or Slow Down’ Law

 

WHAT:            AAA Texas, TranStar, HCSO and H-GAC will hold a media availability to remind the public about adhering to Texas’ ‘Move Over or Slow Down’ Law

 

VISUALS:       Crash cars involved in wrecks from drivers not adhering to state law

Video of emergency roadside workers assisting stranded drivers

Video of drivers not moving over or slowing down for roadside crews

 

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An example of one of the crashed vehicles which will be on display at Houston TranStar on Friday, October 14

 

WHO:              Firsthand accounts from Tow and Go tow truck drivers and HSCO MAP deputies

AAA Texas spokesperson Joshua Zuber

Harris County Sheriff Deputy Lt. Cedrick Collier

H-GAC Regional Incident Management Program Manager David Fink

Houston TranStar Staff Analyst Ruth Tovar (Spanish Language interviews)

 

WHEN:            9:30 AM – 11:00 AM, Friday, October 14

                        (Scheduled early morning live interviews with AAA spokesperson available.)

 

WHERE:         Houston TranStar lobby and parking lot

                        6922 Katy Rd.

                        Houston, TX 77024

 

WHY:              With Saturday, October 15 recognized as ‘Move Over Slow Down Awareness Day,’ local traffic safety advocates want to share how important it is to remind drivers about the urgency of following the ‘Move Over or Slow Down’ law. The Texas Move Over/Slow Down law requires that passing motorists move out of the lane closest to an emergency vehicle stopped on the roadway, or if they can’t safely move, reduce driving speeds to 20 miles below the posted limit. According to a AAA survey, nearly 25% of drivers were unaware of the state’s Move Over law, which protects roadside crews, including tow truck drivers. Among people who don’t comply with Move Over Laws, almost half thought this behavior was somewhat - or - not dangerous at all. This shows that people do not realize how risky it is to be alongside of the road next to fast-moving traffic. Texas had the highest number of people killed along roadways outside of a disabled vehicle from 2015 to 2019.

                       

PHONE:          Joshua Zuber, AAA Texas 713-533-2946 or Ruth Tovar, TranStar 713-881-3041

Media Contacts

Joshua Zuber
Media Spokesperson , AAA Texas (Houston)
713-533-2946
zuber.joshua@aaa-texas.com
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