Unless you are a Police Officer, Sanitation worker, Utility Worker or Tow Truck Driver, you might not know how important the Move Over Act is. As a Police Officer, making traffic stops is part of our job. Officers who make traffic stops regularly will talk about times they were almost hit while outside of their car or rear ended while they were on a traffic stop. Sanitation Workers, Utility Workers and Tow Truck Drivers also face the same dangers Police Officers do on a daily basis. There have been many campaigns run with commercial ads talking about the importance of moving over or slowing down when you see these vehicles with their lights on. What does the Florida Statute require:

316.126 Operation of vehicles and actions of pedestrians on approach of an authorized emergency, sanitation, or utility service vehicle.—

(1)(b) If an authorized emergency vehicle displaying any visual signals is parked on the roadside, a sanitation vehicle is performing a task related to the provision of sanitation services on the roadside, a utility service vehicle is performing a task related to the provision of utility services on the roadside, or a wrecker displaying amber rotating or flashing lights is performing a recovery or loading on the roadside, the driver of every other vehicle, as soon as it is safe:1. Shall vacate the lane closest to the emergency vehicle, sanitation vehicle, utility service vehicle, or wrecker when driving on an interstate highway or other highway with two or more lanes traveling in the direction of the emergency vehicle, sanitation vehicle, utility service vehicle, or wrecker, except when otherwise directed by a law enforcement officer. If such movement cannot be safely accomplished, the driver shall reduce speed as provided in subparagraph 2.2. Shall slow to a speed that is 20 miles per hour less than the posted speed limit when the posted speed limit is 25 miles per hour or greater; or travel at 5 miles per hour when the posted speed limit is 20 miles per hour or less, when driving on a two-lane road, except when otherwise directed by a law enforcement officer.

The statute is very clear. If a Police Officer, Sanitation Worker, Utility Worker or Tow Truck Driver has their lights on in the course of their duty, you have to either slow down 20 miles per hour below the posted speed limit or vacate the lane closest to the vehicle. This law if followed ensures that these men and women will be able to complete their jobs safely and return home to their families. Please vacate the lane or slow down 20 miles per hour below the speed limit. The fine for this moving infraction is $163.00 and comes with three points.

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