Posted: January 24, 2017
Last modified: January 24, 2017

What is the easiest and most effective way to help protect law enforcement officers, emergency workers and other public servants while they are performing their duties along Florida’s roadsides? According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV), simply “Move Over, Florida!”

The Florida DHSMV has designated January as Move Over Month to commemorate the state’s Move Over Act of 2002. This important state law requires vehicles to move over a lane for emergency vehicles, sanitation vehicles, utility service vehicles or wreckers. If a driver cannot move over, they should slow down 20 mph below the posted speed limit or slow down to 5 mph when the posted speed limit is 20 mph or less.

In 2014, Move Over violations resulted in more than 160 crashes, 120 serious injuries and multiple deaths on Florida roadways. In addition to endangering law enforcement, first responders, public servants and other motorists, failing to move over can also result in fines and points on a driving record.

To comply with the Move Over Act drivers must be on a:

Multi-Lane Roadway:

  • Move from the lane closest to the stationary emergency vehicle, sanitation vehicle, utility service vehicle or wrecker and always signal the intention to change lanes.
  • Slow down to a speed of 20 mph below the posted speed limit if a driver cannot move over safely.
  • Be prepared to allow motorists needed space while they are attempting to merge into the next lane over.

Two-Lane Roadway:

  • Slow down to a speed of 20 mph below the posted speed limit.
  • Travel at 5 mph if the speed limit is 20 mph or less.