LUBBOCK,TX- It is the difference between life or death for a DPS trooper, police officer or fire fighter.
They are the emergency officials keeping you safe on the roadway, but it the most dangerous place for them to be.
Sergeant Bryan Witt with the Lubbock Department of Public Safety said the number of people getting hit by motorists is climbing.
"We're starting to see it not only as a statewide problem, but it is a nationwide problem," Sgt. Witt said. "We're having troopers, officers, ems personel, fire fighters struck on the side of the highways doing their jobs."
That is why Witt wants drivers to move over and slow down this Independence day.
It is a Texas law for drivers to move over at least one lane from an emergency official, or slow down 20 miles under the posted speed limit.
"During the holiday weekend there are going to be a lot of people on the road," Sgt. Witt said. "So stay alert, don't be distracted."
A tip, Witt said to move over or slow down as soon as you see the red and blue flashing lights.
And it is best to slow down for anyone stranded or broken down on the side of the road, as well.