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Troop A Interstate 10 Challenge

PANAMA CITY - Two words and an action can change a life, Move-Over.

The Florida Highway Patrol is again conducting an intensified enforcement effort on Interstate 10 in an effort to keep the roads safe and fatality-free, today through June 29.

All seven counties that line Interstate 10 (Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes, Washington, Jackson), will be participating in an intensified enforcement effort called "I-10 Challenge," this time focusing on the move over law.

As FHP and law enforcement agencies across the state declared June as "Move Over - Slow Down - Save a Life" month, we are ending the month with a unified awareness effort.

The month-long safety campaign focused on educating the public about the law and the threat that ignoring it can pose to first responders.

The phrase Move Over is more than just words. It is an action required on everyone's part in order to make Florida's busy roads safer for everyone-whether they are first responders or stranded motorists waiting for assistance.

If you see anyone on the side of the road, Move Over for their safety.

During the three day period, the Florida Highway Patrol will conduct special details on I-10. The details will focus on the move over law.

In addition, troopers will be checking for distracted driving, aggressive drivers, speeders, seat belt use, and commercial vehicle safety.

While these focus areas are something the Patrol does every day, it is the second phase of an intensified effort across Interstate 10 in the Panhandle to ensure travelers will see consistent enforcement throughout their trip on the interstate.

Understanding Florida's Move Over law:

* The law protects law enforcement officers, emergency workers and tow truck drivers stopped along roadways while performing their jobs;

* It requires motorists to move over when a patrol car, emergency vehicle or tow truck/wrecker is stopped on the side of a road with lights flashing. If such movement cannot be safely accomplished, motorists shall slow down to a speed of 20 mph below the posted speed limit.

* Read more on Florida's Move Over Law at http://www.flhsmv.gov/SafetyTips/MoveOverTips.htm. The Patrol also offers the following tip for safe travels on the roads, whether going a long distance or a short
drive:

* Buckle up. A seatbelt is your vehicle's most important safety feature;

* Obey all speed limits;

* Drive sober and alert;

* Eliminate driver distractions such as texting, talking on the phone, adjusting the stereo, etc. Anything that can take your eyes off the road, even a second, can lead to a crash.

* Get plenty of rest before setting out on a long trip and allow plenty of time to reach your destination;

* Take steps before you leave to prepare your vehicle for the trip i.e. checking tire pressure/condition and fluid levels.