Posted: August 27, 2015
Last modified: January 19, 2017
Drivers must remember to move over or slow down when approaching emergency and service vehicles that are parked to the side with lights flashing.
Drivers must move over one lane when approaching those situations to create a safe buffer between traffic and emergency and service workers. If it’s impossible to change lanes safely, then drivers must slow down to 20 mph below the posted highway speed.
As construction activity increases on the I-4 Ultimate project and traffic patterns begin to shift, drivers need to stay alert, keep emotions in check and be aware of the Move Over law, said Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Kim Montes.
“It’s all about safety,” said Montes, who cautions that violations can add three points to your driver’s license and deduct dollars from your wallet (the amount varies by county).
The Move Over law protects emergency responders and service personnel, as well as those being assisted. It covers law enforcement, firefighters, ambulance workers, Road Rangers, tow trucks, garbage trucks and other service vehicles that are parked to the side with lights flashing.
On two-lane roads, drivers must slow down to 20 mph below the posted speed as well. If the speed limit is already 20 mph or below, then the driver must slow to 5 mph.
Montes urges motorists to leave earlier than usual during the I-4 Ultimate project to avoid feeling rushed and “driving with their emotions.” Caution and courtesy should be on their minds as well. “We need to bring that word, ‘courteousness,’ back into our vocabulary,” Montes said.