"Move Over" Law Amended To Include Other Public Workers in addition to Public Safety Workers
The MOVE OVER law requires motorist to move aside or slow down to less than 20 miles per hour of posted speed limit if moving isn't possible. This law helps protect the lives of public safety workers on roads.
The Lakeland Fire Department has had several close calls. There have been incidents where motorist have hit LFD fire apparatus set up to help victims during car accidents, and it could have seriously injured or killed a LFD firefighter on scene.
Effective today, July 1st, the amended MOVE OVER ACT adds utility service vehicles and sanitation vehicles to the list of public safety vehicles motorists must already slow down or move over for to protect personnel.
Under the new law, motorists are required to:
Approach law enforcement patrol cars, emergency vehicles, utility service vehicles, sanitation vehicles, and tow trucks/wreckers with caution.
Change lanes away from these vehicles if traveling on a multi-lane roadway and able to move over safely; or
Slow down to a speed that is 20 mph less than the posted speed limit, when a clearly identified emergency or work-crew vehicle is parked and crews are working.
Violating the Move Over Act can result in a fine and points on your license.
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles offers more information on the law online at http://www.flhsmv.gov/safetytips/moveovertips.htm
The city of Lakeland's Communications team developed an advertisement campaign to help spread the word about the changes. Featured in the print media is LFD's very own Lt. Heath Seeber, representing the fire service's interest in the life saving law.