Check this list of new Texas laws that just took effect

Check this list of new Texas laws that just took effect

Check this list of new Texas laws that just took effect

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by KENS 5 staff

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Posted on September 1, 2013 at 2:23 PM

A new law allowing paramedics to draw blood from DWI suspects on scene is just one of hundreds of new laws that went into effect Sunday.

Another new law requires drivers to give roadside workers some extra space. Drivers are asked to treat highway workers the same as emergency crews and law enforcement.   

If you see a TxDOT vehicle on the side of the road, you're required to slow down to 20 miles below the speed limit or move over one lane.

"TxDOT could also be out there mending a guardrail due to a crash that we've worked, so now they're getting a little bit of protection out there also," said DPS Trooper Robbie Barrera.

Another new law increases the penalty for drivers who leave the scene of a fatal accident. They now could face up to 20 years in prison.

A law already in place raises the penalty for calling in a fake bomb threat to an institution of higher learning. It's a state jail felony.

Texans applying for unemployment benefits will have to pass a drug test if a screening determines they may be using drugs.

And if you're thinking about driving around a stopped school bus, this may stop you. A new bill raises the minimum fine to $500, and the maximum is now more than $1,200.

More than 1,300 laws were passed this past legislative session.

Here's a list of the ones that took effect Sept. 1, 2013.

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