Florida Move Over Law Survey
More than 150 law enforcement officers have been hit by a vehicle since the year 2000. A study shows 71% of Americans have not heard of Move Over Laws. The Move Over Law was implemented in Florida back in 2002. For the next two weeks, the Ocala Police Department is cracking down with the goal of saving lives.
"The law was created to protect our officers and citizens. If the driver is not paying attention and they are right up next to the police officer or the car. It is very possible that they might strike the officer, strike the emergency vehicle or strike the vehicle of the person who is involved in the crash or the traffic stop," Sergeant Frank Zadnik (Ocala Police Department) said.
The law states if you are traveling on a multi- lane road you are required to move over to the next lane if you approach an emergency vehicle that has it's lights on. If you are on a two lane road you must slow down to 20 miles-per-hour below the posted speed limit. This violation can cost you $140.
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