Florida law enforcement and safety officials recently issued an important reminder about the importance of the state’s “Move Over” law.
It requires drivers to 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.
The law is intended to protect professionals who come to the aid of disabled drivers. "You're literally standing a couple feet from people doing 60, 70 mph, you don't have many options," Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Mark Wysocky said.
Officials specifically expressed concern that many Florida drivers don’t know that they must also move over when they observe flashing orange lights. Several Road Rangers and tow operators have been seriously hurt and killed when drivers failed to obey the law.
"That's why it's important for people to pay attention to the move over laws," Sgt. Wysocky noted.
Drivers are reminded that in addition to putting your safety at risk, failing to yield or move over can result in a fine of up to $160 and demerits on your driver license record. In 2012 alone, FHP issued 8,273 citations, according to the Sun Sentinel