Imagine you are driving down the Florida Turnpike at 70 MPH and you see an FHP officer on the right shoulder with their lights on and a car pulled over. Do you stay in the right lane and fly by the officers car? No, You Move Over
The Move Over Law requires you to move over a lane or slow down to 20 MPH below the speed limit. If you are on a road where the speed limit is 20 MPH or less, you are required to slow down to 5 MPH.
The purpose of the Move Over Law is to protect law enforcement and emergency vehicle workers from being hit by vehicles passing them at high speed. If you are not in the lane closest to the stopped emergency vehicle you should be prepared to allow other drivers to move over.
If You Violate The Move Over Law
If you fail to move over you can be issued a ticket, can receive 3 points on your license, and have to pay a fine. More importantly you will be putting emergency workers in danger.
Move Over Law Summary
- On Multi-Lane Roads
- Drivers must vacate the lane closest to the stationary emergency vehicle, tow truck, sanitation, or utility vehicle.
- Drivers must slow down to a speed of 20 mph below the posted speed limit if they cannot move over safely.
- Drivers who are not in the lane closest to the stationary vehicle should be prepared to allow those who are to move over into their lane.
- On Two Lane Roads
- Drivers must slow down to a speed of 20 mph below the posted speed limit.
- If the speed limit is 20 mph or less, drivers must travel at 5 mph
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