Drivers urged to obey Move Over/Slow Down law while traveling; Seguin PD issues warning following multiple car collision on I-10
Posted on 1/26/2018 7:46:00 AM.

(Seguin) -- The Seguin Police Department is again reminding drivers about a state law -- a law that if all drivers were engaged should not have caused a seven car collision on Interstate 10.

Carlos Contreras, public information officer for the Seguin PD, says the department is bringing awareness to the Texas Department of Public Safety's Move Over/Slow Down law which "requires motorists to move over or slow down when certain vehicles are stopped on the side of the road with emergency lights activated."

Contreras says he believes driver awareness could have prevented the latest multiple vehicle accident reported at around 5 p.m. Wednesday on the eastbound lane near the 606 mile marker on the city's west side.

"We had several cars that had collided into eachother causing a domino effect where other cars that were traveling in the same direction on the same lane had collided into other vehicles -- which caused them this massive shut down of IH-10 and also turning other traffic that was backed up off of IH-10 to several exits at U.S. 90 and also at FM 464," said Contreras.

Contreras reminds drivers to use that brake pedal -- always paying attention to what's in front of them -- when approaching such activity on the side of the road.

"The collision when it had happened, there were some DPS troopers that were on the side of the road causing drivers to attempt to follow the state law that requires them to slow down 20 miles slower than the posted speed limit and also move over if there's a lane that provides. In that process, a collision had occurred," said Contreras.

Contreras says the law is largely designed to be obeyed so that drivers are prevented from striking those working alongside the dangerous roadway.

"Because of this, we want to encourage all of our community members and visitors that are going through IH-10 and traveling on any roadway where there is a public safety vehicle -- whether it be a tow truck, a TxDot Vehicle, a fire truck or fire apparatus or a patrol vehicle. If you see the lights that are activated, of course, they will be working through their official capacity on the side of the road. Our community members are strongly encouraged to slow down and move over. Not only for the safety of those individuals that are on the side of the road with those specialized vehicles, but also for the people on the roadway too as well -- giving people a heads up to slow down, letting them know that there is something near the roadway that is causing people to slow down," said Contreras.

Contreras says Wednesday's multiple vehicle accident resulted in four people being transported to area hospitals, two by air and two by ground. Contreras says investigation into the accident continues.

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