AUSTIN — Motorists should always slow down or move over when they see emergency vehicles with their lights activated on the roadside, but especially during the Memorial Day weekend.
“First responders and tow truck operators are vulnerable when they’re stopped on the side of the road helping someone,” said Brian E. Francis, executive director of the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. “It’s the law that you must decrease your speed by at least 20 miles per hour or move over into another lane to give our fellow Texans some space.
“Please help the people who are trying to help us all.”
Several Texas tow truck operators and emergency workers have been either injured or killed this year while stopped to help motorists who have broken down on the side of the road.
“Let’s make sure that our first responders and tow truck operators are as safe as possible — and that all of us get to our destinations and back home again this weekend,” Francis said.
This weekend, local and statewide law enforcement agencies are participating in the “Click It or Ticket It” seatbelt and car seat enforcement project.
Everyone traveling in a vehicle must be properly restrained. If not, you could be pulled over and given a ticket. In 2017, 40.1 percent of persons killed in traffic crashes were reported as not restrained when the fatal crash occurred. Use seatbelts and car seats — every passenger, every trip.
Other safety tips for this weekend’s expected heavy travel flow:
Arrests made by the Marshall Police Department
- Jacorey Jawone Mitchell, 20, of Marshall was arrested on the charge of credit card abuse on Tuesday.
- Patrick Deshaun Cartwright, 34, of Marshall was arrested on the charge of possession of a controlled substance-penalty group 1 1-4 grams on Tuesday.
- Kenneth Wayne Hicks, 31, of Marshall was arrested on the charges of felon in possession of a firearm, unlawful carrying a weapon, possession of a controlled substance-penalty group 1 less than 1 gram and possession of drug paraphernalia on Tuesday.
- Tommy Lee Campbell, 37, of Marshall, was arrested on the charge of driving while license invalid on Tuesday.
Incidents reported to the Marshall Police Department
- Terroristic threat, 800 block of South Washington Avenue, Monday.
- Criminal mischief $100 to $750, 4400 block of Fitzgerald Street, Tuesday.
- Assist other agency, 1900 block of Maverick Drive, Tuesday.
- Theft (all other) $100 to $750, 1600 block of Spring Street, Tuesday.
- Theft of firearm, 1000 block of Baulsey Road, Tuesday.
- Fraudulent use of identifying information, 2500 block of South East End Boulevard, Tuesday.
- Warrant (issued by other agency), 300 block of East Pinecrest Drive, Tuesday.
- Assault (all other and simple) 300 block of North Columbus Street, Wednesday.
Arrests made by the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office
- Trevor Lynn Driskell, 18, Longview was arrested on the charge of deadly conduct-discharge of a firearm on Tuesday.
- Juan Jose Guerra, 40, of Waskom was arrested on the charge of sexual assault of a child on Tuesday.
- Heather Marie Neal, 42, of Harleton was arrested on the charge of possession of a dangerous drug (Marion County) on Tuesday.
- Richard Linwood Parrott Jr., 30, of Marshall was arrested on the charges of theft of property $2,500 to $30,000, and (from Marion County) theft of property $2,500 to $30,000, theft of a firearm and tampering/fabricating physical evidence with intent to impair on Tuesday.
- Christopher Leodis Thomas, 34, of Jefferson was arrested on the charges of display of a fictitious license plate, failure to appear, no driver’s license when unlicensed-not CDL, no driver’s license (when unlicensed, 2 counts), no driver’s license, open container in motor vehicle, speeding (exceeding prima facie limit) 84 mph in a 70 mph zone, and television receiver/video equipment improperly located-visible to driver, on Tuesday.
- Kerri Marie Thorn, 28, of Harleton was arrested on the charges of possession of a controlled substance-penalty group 1 less than 1 gram, speeding-10% or more above posted speed limit and speeding (exceeding prima facie limit) 77 mph in a 60 mph zone on Tuesday.
- Darryle James Brennan Jr., 19, of Marshall was arrested on the charge of possession of a controlled substance-penalty group 1 less than 2 ounces in a drug free zone on Tuesday.
Incidents reported to the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office
- Dog bite, Birmingham Road, Tuesday: Subject bitten two times by a brindle bull dog.
Burglary of a habitation, Longview, Wednesday: Representatives from a rental company allegedly entered a residence without the owners being present and repossessed their belongings.