KISSIMMEE, Fla., June 26, 2014 – Move Over. Those two simple words can mean the difference between life and death to the first responders who work along Florida’s busy highways. And beginning July 1, utility service vehicles and sanitation vehicles will be added to the list of public safety vehicles motorists must slow down or move over for to protect personnel.
The amended “Move Over Law” was passed recently by the Florida Legislature as part of a larger transportation bill.
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 when they are performing a service-related task on the roadside.
• Change lanes away from these vehicles if traveling on a multi-lane roadway and able to move over safely; or
• Slow down while maintaining a safe speed of 20 mph below posted speed limit being careful not to impede or block the flow of traffic unless otherwise directed by a law enforcement officer.
Violating the Move Over Law can result in a fine and points on your license.
“The phrase Move Over is more than just words,” said KUA spokesman Chris Gent. “It is an action required on everyone’s part in order to make Florida’s busy roads safer for everyone—whether they are utility workers from KUA or stranded motorists waiting for assistance.”
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles offers more information on the law online at http://www.flhsmv.gov/safetytips/moveovertips.htm.
Founded in 1901, KUA (http://kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility powering 64,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.
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Chris M. Gent