The Department of Public Safety reports a total of 70 citations and 16 warnings were issued by those participating during the “Move Over, Slow Down ” enforcement event in Bell County Thursday.

DPS troopers along with Bell County Sheriff’s deputies and patrol officers from the cities of Temple, Belton, Harker Heights and Killeen took part in the awareness event  between  7 a.m. and 3 p.m. 

The law, passed in 2003, requires motorists to move over or slow down when emergency vehicles are stopped on the side of the road.

The term ” emergency vehicles” includes police, fire, EMS, TXDOT vehicles and tow trucks if they have their emergency lights activated.

The law requires a driver to either move out of the lane closest to the emergency vehicle or if that is impossible or its only a two-lane road, to slow down to 20 miles per hour under the posted speed limit.

“In light of the numerous vehicle crashes that occur in Texas and across the nation on a daily basis, and the unfortunate fact the many still violate the state law that has been in effect for nearly 15 years, we are increasing our enforcement and education efforts related to this law,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw.