Move Over Awareness: TV20 rides along with Florida Highway Patrol

When you see the flashing red and blue lights, it means you need to move over into the next available lane or go twenty miles under the posted speed limit.

"Over the years we have seen many law enforcement officers along with public service personnel severely injured or killed from someone not giving them room to work," said Florida Highway Patrol officials.

The law doesn't only apply to law enforcement, it also applies to tow truck drivers, sanitation workers, and any utility service vehicles.

"Its January 11th, 2019 and we have already lost three tow truck operators, that statistic sets the stage for one tower every four days in this new year," said Tri-County Tow owner, Nicole Spencer.

With that national statistic, it is important to remember to move over for tow truck drivers, they help us with our flat tires and emergencies too.

TV20's Alexis Cruz rode along with Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Brett Pittman and saw the move over law broken firsthand.

Addressing the law at a press conference, multiple agencies shared the same message.

"We want to protect everybody working on the side of the roadway and be able to return them to their families healthy and safe," said Tracy Hisler-Pace from the Florida Department of Transportation.