The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) is reminding motorists the importance of “Move Over” laws. The law states that motorists must move over one lane for emergency or service vehicles that are stopped alongside the highway. The DHSMV is bringing awareness to the law by designating January as “Move Over Month.”
Each year, ‘move over’ violations result in more than 100 crashes on Florida Highways. Violating the Move Over laws can be dangerous to the motorist and public servants, including law enforcement and first responders and any other motorists who are stopped alongside the road.
Between 2012 and 2014, crashes increased 41 percent and citations increased 68 percent due to motorists failing to move over. Along with the dangers of violating the Move Over law, motorists can end up with fines and points on their driving record.
The Move Over law was enacted in Florida in 2002 to ensure the safety of law enforcement, emergency responders and other public servants while they are performing their duties. State law requires vehicles to move over a lane for emergency vehicles, sanitation vehicles, utility service vehicles or wreckers.
Here’s how to be in compliance with Florida’s Move Over law:
Exit the closest lane to the stationary vehicle while properly using your signal.
If you cannot move over safely, slow down to a speed of 20 mph below the posted speed limit.
Allow other drivers who are attempting to move over to do so.
Slow to 20 mph below the posted speed limit.
Slow to 5mph if the speed limit is 20 mph or less.
More Information About Florida’s Move Over Laws
- What You Need To Know About Florida’s Move Over Law
- Move Over Month Aims to Help Save First Responders’ Lives
Move Over and Make the Roads Safer For Florida’s First Responders
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