Remember to “Move Over”

The Move Over Law  (F.S.S.316.126) has been in effect in Florida since 2002 and was designed in an effort to help protect Emergency Personnel from injury by passing motorists while working on the sides of the roadways. It is important to know that the law not only applies to Law Enforcement Personnel, but also to Fire Rescue workers and Wrecker Drivers as well.

What exactly is the law?

When an authorized emergency vehicle making use of any visual signals is parked or a wrecker displaying amber rotating or flashing lights is performing a recovery, the driver of every other vehicle, as soon as it is safe:

Shall vacate the lane closest to the emergency vehicle or wrecker on an Interstate or other highway with two or more lanes traveling in the direction of the Emergency Vehicle or wrecker. If such movement may not be safely accomplished the driver shall:

Slow to a speed that is 20 mph less than the posted speed limit when the posted limit is greater than 25 mph: or travel at 5 mph when the posted limit is 20 mph or less, when driving on a two lane road.

* Violation of the “Move Over Law” is a moving infraction that would result in a fine and three points on your driving record.

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