September not only brings the start of fall, but also the start of a new requirement for Texas drivers.
The state’s “Move Over/Slow Down” law, which traditionally has required drivers to yield to police, fire and emergency vehicles, has now been expanded to provide that same protection for Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) workers.
Effective Sept. 1, drivers must move over or slow down when approaching TxDOT workers and vehicles that are stopped with overhead flashing blue or amber lights.
“We are very pleased the Legislature recognizes the dangers our employees face each day while working to maintain and build the state’s vast highway network,” said Phil Wilson, TxDOT’s executive director, noting that more than 100 TxDOT employees working in construction areas have been struck and killed by motorists since 1938. “We are hopeful that this new protection for our crews will lead to fewer preventable deaths and injuries.”
The new addition to the “Move Over” law requires motorists to move out of the lane closest to the TxDOT vehicle when possible or reduce their speed to 20 miles per hour below the posted limit. If the road does not offer multiple lanes, the driver must slow down. On roadways with posted speed limits of 25 miles per hour or less, drivers must reduce their speed to 5 miles per hour.
Violators can be fined up to $2,000.
Radio announcements and statewide billboards will help raise awareness of the new law.
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Valley View residents help stranded motorists
Some of the worst weather to hit the North Texas area recently brought out the best in Cooke County residents who opened their doors, churches and kitchens to help neighbors and strangers who needed assistance and refuge from the icy road conditions.
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- Valley View residents help stranded motorists
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Muenster's playoff run concludes with tight loss to Albany
In a game to be remembered for its frosty conditions, defensive stands and back and forth play, the Muenster Hornets came up just short of securing what they set out to earn Monday: a berth to the Class A
state semifinal game.
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- Callisburg cruises to road win over Boyd
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Cooke County United Way staff member Nadine Creswell, United Way Vice President Rhonda Beam, United Way Executive Director Angie Hare, United Way President Brent Reed and United Way Treasurer Lois Essenberg stand outside the organization’s new home at 114 East Main St. in Gainesville.
Cooke County United Way purchases Colton building
The board of directors of Cooke County United Way announced Tuesday the purchase of the former Gerald Colton building located at 114 East Main Street in downtown Gainesville.
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In the photo above, Dr. Matthew Bayne and his staff stand outside Family Dental Care of Gainesville.
Family Dental Care of Gainesville patients maintain healthy smiles
When he was a boy in Vancouver, Wash., Gainesville’s Dr. Matthew Bayne, DDS actually enjoyed going to his own childhood dentist who eventually influenced him to pursue his own career in Dentistry.
“Even though I originally had a dream of becoming an astronaut, Dr. Stryker was always happy and seemed to have the best job ever,” Dr. Bayne said.
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- Family Dental Care of Gainesville patients maintain healthy smiles