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Florida's "move over law" adds more vehicles to protected list

Updated: Wednesday, July 9 2014, 10:58 PM CDT
Florida's move over law was created to protect law enforcement vehicles on the side of the road.
Now a new group is being given that same protection.

Until the beginning of July Florida's move over law only protected public safety officials. "Probably the ambulance and fire truck?" said Michelle Calhoon. 

The state has now added more vehicles to that protection list.

Utility vehicles, like the ones that work on telephone polls, as well as sanitation vehicles and tow trucks, must all now be recognized. "I think everybody should slow down for anyone with flashing lights because that means they're doing something in the road, which means you shouldn't be going fast," said Linda Farr.

The demands of the law remain the same; if you're traveling on a multi-lane road and see any of the protected vehicles, you must move over as soon as it's safe to do so. If you're unable to safely change lanes, or are traveling on a two lane road, you must drop your speed to 20 miles an hour below the speed limit.

If the speed limit on that road is 20 miles an hour or less, motorists must slow to 5 miles an hour or less. Violating the law can result in a ticket, a fine, and points being added to your license.
"I'm not going to lie, I get annoyed, everybody gets annoyed when traffic's backed up. But if you're a reasonable person and you think that there's something that's causing it that's not that has to be deal with, then you try not to get angry about it and you just wait," said Farr. 

Representatives from both Chelco and Gulf Power said they're thrilled that roadside employees will now be protected by the law. Florida's "move over law" adds more vehicles to protected list


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