NM State Police officer recovering after Saturday night wreck

In Hobbs, New Mexico, a suspected drunk driver struck a State Police officer on Saturday evening. According to officials, officer Carlos Verdugo was in his vehicle conducting a traffic stop when the suspected drunk driver collided with the back of his vehicle. The Police officer was flown to University Medical Center where he was listed in critical condition and has since been released.

The suspected drunk driver is 40-year-old Jason Allred; he is now facing multiple charges, including aggravated DWI charges and great bodily harm by vehicle.

Texas implemented the “Move Over Law” in 2003. In 2013 the law was expanded to become: Move Over/Slow Down law, which traditionally has required drivers to yield to police, fire and emergency vehicles. Now it has been expanded to provide that same protection for Texas Department of Transportation workers. Effective Sept. 1, 2013, drivers must move over or slow down when approaching TxDOT workers and vehicles that are stopped with overhead flashing blue or amber lights.

The new additions to the Move Over Law requires motorists to move out of the lane closest to the TxDOT vehicle when possible or reduce their speed to 20 miles per hour below the posted limit. If the road does not offer multiple lanes, the driver must slow down. On roadways with posted speed limits of 25 miles per hour or less, drivers must reduce their speed to 5 miles per hour. Violators can be fined up to $2,000.