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Major Change In Florida’s “Move Over Act” Signals Safer Roadways

If you are a Florida motorist, you probably already know that the law requires you to slow down and vacate the nearest lane if you see a parked emergency or law enforcement vehicle along the side of the road.

Motorists are expected to drop to a speed of 20 miles per hour less than the posted limit, or to five miles per hour if the limit is 20 miles per hour or less, and “move over” to ensure the safety of these personnel.

Needless to say, failing to adhere to the provisions of the Move Over law can get you in some serious trouble in the form of a fine and points on your license — especially considering that the people empowered to enforce the law are likely in the vehicle you just passed by!

What you may not know, however, is that the Move Over Act has recently been expanded. The original law went into effect fairly recently, on July 1, and has already been amended to include more state, county, and local personnel.

Just a few days ago, Florida’s recently re-elected governor, Rick Scott, signed into law a new provision that would expand the Move Over Act. Now, you should extend the same caution and courtesy to sanitation and waste management employees.

Motorists Beware When In An Emergency Situation

The Move Over Act was amended because it was determined that being struck by motorists was one of the most common causes of death and injury for sanitation workers. However, no matter who you are, you should exercise extreme caution when a first responder is on the scene.

Many of Florida’s roadways are among the most notorious in the South, and some, such as I-4, are well known all across the nation for a high number of road accidents, particularly at night.

The Move Over Act is a good reminder that it’s critical to practice defensive driving at all times when you see law enforcement officers or medical personnel at work. Although police officers and ambulance drivers are highly trained, they cannot anticipate all road conditions.

Motorists are at enhanced risk of being involved in an accident whenever others are traveling at high speed, whether they are law enforcement officers or private citizens. Giving first responder vehicles a wide berth will help to ensure that problems don’t occur.

If you have been involved in an accident, take action quickly. The lawyers here at Get Me Justice have what it takes to ensure you get your due after an accident caused by another’s negligence.

During his time as a public attorney for the State of Florida, Bernard Walsh developed a passion for defending the legal rights of Florida's citizens. Having seen many people being taken advantage of after being injured and the financial harm that can cause for families he committed himself fully to helping injured clients get justice, by fighting to make greedy insurance companies pay what they owe.

Major Change In Florida’s “Move Over Act” Signals Safer Roadways

Goldman Babboni Fernandez
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