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Driving On An Improved Shoulder Law In Texas
Plano Traffic Ticket Lawyer
There is much debate about when and how a person can legally drive on an improved shoulder in Texas. The law allows many instances when a person can drive legally on an improved shoulder. That law is contained in The Texas Transportation Code. We have listed it below in an effort to assist those that have been charged for illegally driving on an improved shoulder in Texas. If you would like to discuss your particular case with our Plano traffic ticket lawyers after reading the law listed below, feel free to contact our office at 214-321-4105.
The Law In Texas For Driving On An Improved Shoulder
The law in Texas, as it pertains to driving on an improved shoulder is as follows:
Sec. 545.058. DRIVING ON IMPROVED SHOULDER. (a) An operator may drive on an improved shoulder to the right of the main traveled portion of a roadway if that operation is necessary and may be done safely, but only:
(1) to stop, stand, or park;
(2) to accelerate before entering the main traveled lane of traffic;
(3) to decelerate before making a right turn;
(4) to pass another vehicle that is slowing or stopped on the main traveled portion of the highway, disabled, or preparing to make a left turn;
(5) to allow another vehicle traveling faster to pass;
(6) as permitted or required by an official traffic-control device; or
(7) to avoid a collision.
(b) An operator may drive on an improved shoulder to the left of the main traveled portion of a divided or limited-access or controlled-access highway if that operation may be done safely, but only:
(1) to slow or stop when the vehicle is disabled and traffic or other circumstances prohibit the safe movement of the vehicle to the shoulder to the right of the main traveled portion of the roadway;
(2) as permitted or required by an official traffic-control device; or
(3) to avoid a collision.
(c) A limitation in this section on driving on an improved shoulder does not apply to:
(1) an authorized emergency vehicle responding to a call;
(2) a police patrol; or
(3) a bicycle.