Recently, a Miami police officer was hit by a car while attempting to assist in a crash on I-95. The officer responded to the scene of an accident at about 4:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 3. The officer was in his patrol car when a vehicle suddenly hit him. He was rushed to the hospital where he was treated for injuries and later discharged. It is unclear at this time whether the driver of the crash will be charged.
Florida’s Move Over Law
Florida’s Move Over Law requires that you move over to another lane or slow down to 20 miles per hour below the posted speed limit when you see a Florida Highway Patrol officer, other police officer, emergency vehicle, tow truck, or utility vehicle stationed on the side of the road and performing work duties. The law is intended to keep officers and other road workers safe from passing vehicles.
Florida enacted the Move Over Law in response to the high number of police officers, tow truck drivers, emergency responders, and others who have been killed while responding to accidents, working on the roadways, or conducting traffic stops. Florida is one of over 30 states that has passed a Move Over Law. Those who violate this law face harsh penalties, including hefty fines and up to three points on your license.
The most serious consequence of failing to obey the Move Over Law is placing emergency responders and highway workers in danger. Traffic accidents claim the lives of many police officers and emergency responders across the nation each year. Florida’s Move Over Law is intended to reduce the instance of fatal highway accidents by ensuring cars and well away from police officers and emergency responders.
The following is a summary of the Move Over Law, intended to ensure you understand your responsibilities as a driver when you see a stop emergency responder vehicle:
- Drivers must move over to the next lane when they see a stationary emergency vehicle, utility vehicle, sanitation, or tow truck.
- Drivers must slow down to 20 miles per hour below the posted speed limit if they cannot safely move over.
- Drivers who are not in the lane closest to the emergency vehicle must prepare for other vehicles to enter their lane.
Two Lane Roads
- Drivers must slow down to 20 miles per hour below the posted speed limit.
- If the speed limit is 20 miles per hour or less, drivers must travel at 5 miles per hour.
It is essential for the safety of all involved that drivers pay close attention to the road ahead and move over if they observe an emergency vehicle. With your help, accidents involving the brave men and women that assist others can be prevented.
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