New Road Rules Protect City Crews
Florida’s Move Over Law Expands to Include Utility Vehicles
July 07, 2014
Motorists are accustomed to moving over when approaching a police vehicle, fire truck or ambulance on the side of the road. Not only is it courteous to the first responders, it's the law, intended to keep these men and women safe while performing their jobs. Another group of workers are now being afforded this same protection. Last week, Florida's Move Over Act was amended to include City utility and sanitation vehicles in the list of public safety vehicles that motorists must slow down and move over for.
"We gladly welcome the expansion of Florida's Move Over law," said Jennifer Hill, the City of Tallahassee's Safety Administrator. "At the end of the day, we want all of our employees to return home to their families' injury free; and, this law helps to keep our City employees safe while performing roadside work."
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.
Violation of the new law could result in fines and points deducted from a motorist's license.
For more information about Florida's Move Over law, please contact the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles at FLHSMV.gov.
Jennifer Hill, Human Resources Department, 891-6124; or Heather Teter, Communications Department, 891-8533