Move over Florida, it’s the law

Published: Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 10:19 AM.

 

Since 1999, more than 170 law enforcement officers in the United States have died and thousands injured in a crash as a result of being on the side of the roadway doing their job.

During the month of January, Florida Highway Patrol troopers will pay special attention to drivers violating the state’s Move Over law, which protects law enforcement officers, emergency workers and tow truck drivers who are stopped along Florida roadways doing their jobs.

“Florida’s Move Over law was enacted to protect those trying to protect Florida’s motorists,” said Col. David Brierton, director of the Florida Highway Patrol. “Our troopers are out on the roadways every day working to reduce traffic crashes and fatalities. Motorists need to understand the Move Over law and abide by the law for everyone’s safety.”

Understanding Move Over:

Drivers must move over when a patrol car, emergency vehicle and/or tow truck is stopped on the side of a road with lights flashing.

If they cannot move over safely, drivers shall slow down to a speed of 20 mph below the posted speed limit.



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