In recent news, the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles hosted a Move Over Law Workshop to focus on new strategies and methods to educate the motoring public about the law and to plan enforcement initiatives to ensure compliance.
Florida’s Move Over Law is almost six years old, but there are still too many motorists who are unaware of the law or simply choose not to comply with the law. Risks of violating this law are too great to ignore!
Research shows, motorists in Florida crashed into working law enforcement vehicles that were either stopped or parked along Florida roadways 1,793 times, resulting in five deaths and 419 injuries.
“We have too many first responders who are getting hit or even killed. It’s time for all agencies and first responders to come together and work to educate the motoring public. Our goal is to find effective opportunities to spread the word. We must find new ways to work to protect everyone on Florida’s roads and highways.” said Colonel John Czernis, Director of the Florida Highway Patrol.
What is the Move Over Law?
The Move Over Law, which passed during the 2002 session, requires all motorists approaching an emergency vehicle with lights flashing to change lanes away from the emergency vehicle if traveling on a multi-lane roadway and if able to do so safely.
What happens if I do not comply with the Move Over Law?
Florida law enforcement officers are serious about enforcement of the Move Over Law! Compliance with the law helps ensure their safety and a safer driving experience for everyone traveling in our state. Please comply with the law to help protect those who protect us on our roadways in Florida.
* Violators of the Move Over Law will be issued a citation!
Move over law…
- Protects law enforcement officers, emergency workers and tow truck drivers stopped along roadways while performing their job.
- Motorists are required to: change lanes away from emergency vehicle, slow down while maintaining a safe speed of 20 mph below posted speed limit being careful not to impede or block the flow of traffic unless directed from law enforcement officer.
For more information please visit: www.flhsmv.gov/fhp or for further questions about ways to abide by the Florida Move Over Law and prevent any incidents regarding violation of Law, please call Blick Law Firm at 813-931-0840 today.