Roadside accidents have killed more than 170 law enforcement officers and injured thousands of others across the country since 1999, according to a news report.
Four Florida police officers were involved in crashes in 2012 while they were parked on roadside shoulders or emergency lanes. Three sustained injuries. To call attention to the problem, Florida Highway Patrol troopers this month are stressing the state’s Move Over law, which protects people doing their job on the side of the road.
Under the Move Over law:
- Drivers must move over when a patrol car, emergency vehicle or tow truck is stopped on the side of a road with lights flashing.
- If they cannot move over safely, drivers must slow down to a speed of 20 mph below the posted speed limit.
- Drivers must approach the emergency vehicle with caution.
- Violating the Move Over law puts motorists and public safety professionals at risk and can result in a fine and points on your driver license record.
“Florida’s Move Over law was enacted to protect those trying to protect Florida’s motorists,” said Col. David Brierton, director of the Florida Highway Patrol. “Our troopers are out on the roadways every day working to reduce traffic crashes and fatalities. Motorists need to understand the Move Over law and abide by the law for everyone’s safety.”
A person who is injured or loses a family member when a driver violates the Move Over law could be entitled to compensation for medical expenses and other damages. A Florida car accident attorney can discuss the available options for holding the responsible party accountable.