What is the “Move Over Law”?

The “Move Over Law” in Florida was created to prevent emergency personnel and workers from becoming injured while performing their job duties. The law requires drivers to safely move over a lane for stopped law enforcement, emergency vehicles, or when there are workers parked on the side of the road. If unable to move over 1 lane, the driver is expected to reduce the speed to 20 mph under the posted speed limit.

Public employees help maintain safety levels and enhance traffic flows in the community. To guarantee everyone’s safety, it is important that everyone follows the ‘Move Over” law’s requirements and vacate the lane closest to the stationary emergency vehicles.

Another important TIP is to avoid using headphones or very loud music. This helps the driver remain ALERT to emergency services’ sirens. If there is a collision while sirens are on, the responsibility lies on the driver who was not taking the necessary precautions at the time of the accident. On the other hand, if there is a collision with an emergency service automobile that leads to injuries and did NOT have the lights on or emergency sirens, The Ward Law Group can certainly help you.

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” Matthew 5: 9


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