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(KYTX) - There's more than the hot, Texas sun TxDOT workers have to worry about.

The rumbles of 18-wheelers and the buzzing of cars remind them of the dangers they face everyday.

"The safety of our employees is number one, right there with the safety with the traveling public. We want everyone to go home safely at the end of the day," said Larry Krantz.

Since 1938, more than a hundred TxDOT employees have not been able to go home.

They were killed on the job by a distracted driver.

"A lot of it has to do with motorists not paying attention, speeding in work zones," said Krantz.

Larry Krantz with the Texas Department of Transportation will tell you people often speed by, not thinking about the people working on the roads.

"It happens all the time," added Krantz.

That's why Governor Perry signed a new bill into law that requires you to move over to the next lane when you see TxDOT's trucks flashing their emergency lights on the side of the road.

If you can't move over, you have to reduce your speed by 20 miles per hour from the posted speed limit.

"Which is going to be better for the traffic and the workers too," said Robin Smart, Tyler streets manager.

For workers with the city of Tyler, like Robin Smart, it makes the most sense.

"Just when you see the workers out there, proceed with caution, because they want to go home at the end of the day," said Smart.

This can be a dangerous job and TxDOT workers don't want you making it any worse.

"I think it says a lot about our society that this is a law that is required," said Krantz

The move over law goes into effect this September. If you violate the law, you could be fined up to $500.

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