A road ranger was killed while attempting to move a stalled vehicle in Miami. Florida Highway Patrol reports that the accident occurred on the Florida Turnpike in Miami-Dade County. Specifically, the 47 year old road ranger was slowing down traffic so that he could bring the stalled vehicle across the road and off to the shoulder. A dump truck was unable to slow down in time and struck the ranger, who attempted to move out of the way, but was unable.
Road rangers provide free highway assistance to those experiencing issues on the highway. They help to improve safety and reduce delays. The loss of a long term road ranger in an accident such as this is tragic. The Miami car accident attorneys at Greenberg, Stone, & Urbano offer the following look at Move Over laws and what you should do in the event you see a road ranger attempting to assist someone. It is our hope that if more people understand the Move Over laws, emergency personnel will stay safe while offering aid.
Move Over Laws in Florida
Florida, like many states, has a Move Over Law that requires motorists move over to the next lane or slow down to 20 miles per hour below the speed limit in the event they see a Florida Highway Patrol officer, road rangers, emergency vehicles, tow trucks, other police officers, or utility vehicles on the side of the road. This law is intended to prevent passing vehicles from hitting emergency responders who are there to aid the public.
Florida passed the Move Over Law due to a large number of emergency responders being struck by cars and trucks. Traffic accidents are responsible for the deaths of many emergency responders annually. By having cars more over or severely slow down, emergency responders can conduct their important job without fear of a car suddenly running into them.
The law varies slightly depending on whether you are traveling a multi-lane or two lane road. Drivers on a multi-lane road should move to the next lane when they see any emergency vehicle on the side of the road. If they are unable to safely move, they should slow to 20 miles per hour below whatever the posted speed limit is in the area. Other drivers must allow those in the closest lane to merge when approaching the emergency vehicle. If you are on a two lane road, slow down to 20 miles per hour less than the speed limit.
If you observe a road ranger or other roadside assistance crew attempting to block traffic so that they can perform a vital function, be on alert and follow directions. It can be helpful to put on your emergency blinkers so that vehicles traveling behind will understand that a slowdown is necessary.
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