The Texas Department of Public Safety announced Monday that they are beginning enforcement efforts across the state in February focusing specifically on violations of the state's move over and slow down law.

Violations of the law can result in a fine of up to $200-500 if there is property damage. Violators causing bodily injuring can be charged with a Class B misdemeanor resulting in possible jail time and a maximum fine of $2,000.

"For me, personally, well I worked with a gentleman, he was clearing the road of some debris, waiting on the side of a road, and distracted motorists swerved over, hit and killed him," TxDOT Executive Director John Barton said. "This law gives us a chance now to protect our employees and protect our traveling public."

Early data from 2017 shows that State Troopers issued more than 11,000 warnings and citations to motorists violating the law.

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