Drivers are now required to "Move Over"
Drivers are required to "move over" or "slow down" when approaching an authorized emergency vehicle (including wreckers displaying amber rotating or flashing lights) that is stopped on a highway in Florida. The "Move Over Act", passed during the 2002 session of the Florida Legislature, and was signed by Governor Jeb Bush on May 1, 2002.
There are several important provisions concerning this law. Effective July 1, 2002, on interstate highways or highways with two or more lanes traveling in the direction of the emergency vehicle, and except when otherwise directed by a law enforcement officer, drivers approaching a law enforcement or other authorized emergency vehicle parked on a roadway with their emergency lights activated, are required to vacate the lane closest to the emergency vehicle, as soon as it is safe to do so.
When approaching a law enforcement or other authorized emergency vehicle parked on a two-lane roadway with their emergency lights activated, and except when otherwise directed by a law enforcement officer, drivers are required to slow to a speed that is 20 miles per hour less than the posted speed limit when the posted is 25 miles per hour or greater; or travel at five miles per hour when the posted speed limit is 20 miles per hour or less.
The "Move Over Act", designed to protect law enforcement and other emergency workers on our highways.
During the five-year period of 1996-2000, motorists in Florida crashed into working law enforcement vehicles that were stopped/parked along Florida roadways 1,793 times, resulting in five deaths and 419 injuries.
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