Our South Florida traffic attorneys have learned that the Florida Highway Patrol will be targeting violators of the Move Over Law now through September 7. The Move Over Law mandates that drivers move over one lane whenever an emergency vehicle has its lights activated on the side of the road. In cases where moving over is not a realistic option, drivers are required to slow down to 20 mph below the posted speed limit.
Florida’s Move Over Law was adopted in 2002 after several incidents where emergency response personnel were killed or injured while stopped at the side of the road. Over the last ten years, more than 150 law enforcement officers across the country have been hit and killed by passing motorists while performing duties on highways.
The Florida Highway Patrol is teaming up with law enforcement agencies across the state through Labor Day to raise awareness and ensure compliance to the Move Over Law. The Patrol create Public Service Announcements and will distribute brochures at traffic stops. Both are available in Spanish and English versions.