Highlights From 2017 Texas DPS Driver’s Handbook – Chapter 5

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We found some highlights from the 2017 “Texas Driver Handbook”, published by the Texas DPS. The full handbook (in PDF format) can be found here:


These highlights come from Chapter 5:

Obey Warning Signs and Barricades

It is a violation to disobey the instructions, signals, warnings, or markings of a warning sign, or to drive around a barricade.
The offense is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of $1 to $200. Fines double in a construction or maintenance work zone when workers are present.
The offense is a Class B misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $2,000 and/or up to 180 days in jail when a warning sign or barricade has been placed at a location where water is over any portion of a road, street, or highway.

Slow-Moving Vehicle Emblem

This emblem is required for all slow-moving vehicles. Slow-moving vehicles are those designed to operate at a maximum speed of 25 mph or less, and the term includes all vehicles, farm and other machinery, and any other road machinery drawn by either animals
or slow moving motor vehicles.
a. The use of this emblem is prohibited on anything other than a slow-moving vehicle. It must not be used on other vehicles or on stationary objects.
b. Exceptions. The following do not need the special emblem:
1) A vehicle being used in actual construction work while traveling within the limits of a construction area marked as required
by the Texas Transportation Commission;
2) An implement or machinery being towed by a slow-moving vehicle bearing an emblem, if this emblem remains visible.

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