Using the shoulder to:I have no doubt, per the actual wording of current texas motor vehicle laws, that it's technically illegal. I know there's parts where it defines legal roadways, and a solid line means, basically, that you can't go past it... so for sure any cop who wants to could write a ticket for pulling onto the shoulder.
Doesn't mean most, or even many, or almost any, will.
Most won't. And for as long as that's the case, then I'll continue to pull to the shoulder and let faster vehicles pass me with as little risk to everyone potentially involved as possible--- I only do it on straights long enough to see any reasonable risks. In west texas, there are a LOT of those places.
Driving from Nacogdoches to San Angelo this past Friday, a Sherriff's deputy outside of Gatesville pulled onto the shoulder when I came up behind him (my cruise was set to 77 in a 75, and based on closure rates, I"m guessing he was doing 60-65) and waved as/after I passed.
An hour later, I did the same for a DPS trooper who ran up behind me just the other side of Doole. He moved into the opposing lane to pass me right as I eased over to the shoulder. By the time he was level with my expedition, he started moving back into our lane.
If I ever get a ticket for it, I may reconsider, but for now I think there are more advantages to it than disadvantages.
- allowing faster traffic to pass
- to slow for a right turn
- to pass traffic turning left
Are all specifically allowed by Texas's Transportation Code.
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