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Traffic Tip: Coasting is illegal

By By David Brogger
July 28, 2013 at 2:28 a.m.


Sec. 545.406. COASTING. (a) An operator moving on a downgrade may not coast with the gears or transmission of the vehicle in neutral.

(b) An operator of a truck, tractor or bus moving on a downgrade may not coast with the clutch disengaged.

Why this specific code and how does it relate to driving in Victoria?

There have been numerous citizen complaints in reference to speeding vehicles in the area of the railroad crossing at 300 N. Navarro St. The posted speed limit in that area is 30 mph.

Several of the persons who have been stopped for speeding stated that they were coasting down the hill under the train track. Well, this week's traffic safety tip addresses the issue of coasting. It is unsafe and illegal.

The Victoria Police Department Traffic Safety Unit invites citizens to inform us of any traffic issues that you observe.

The easiest way to do this is go to our website, victoriapd.com, then go to the VPD Customer Service Request tab in the center of the page and follow the directions.

If you have a traffic law question, contact Senior Police Officer David Brogger, Victoria Police Department Traffic Safety Unit at 361-485-3700.

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