Florida’s Move Over Law

Fri, May 16, 2014

General Legal Issues

Some rights reserved by Highway Patrol ImagesIn the state of Florida, cars in a lane near where emergency officials with flashing lights are attending to an accident, or other emergency, are required to move over or slow down.

This means that you should change lanes if safe to do so. If it is not safe to do so, or another lane does not exist, then you must slow to 20 miles per hour below the speed limit. Moreover, if the speed limit is only 20 mph to begin with, then slow to 5 mph.

In this case, emergency officials would include police, sheriff, highway patrol, fire and rescue, paramedics, etc. In addition, tow truck operators and FHP’s Road Rangers should also be moved for according to this law.

It’s probably not a bad idea to change lanes, if safe to do so, for any disturbance on the side of the road. That’s because you never know who is going to walk around their vehicle suddenly or if something is going to come flying at you or dart in front of you, etc. In addition, you should stop if directed to do so by emergency officials.

The exact details of the law are found here, on the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles website.  In addition, you can read about it on the state’s Florida Statutes search page that addresses the law.

The statute that contains the Move Over law also addresses pulling over to the side of the road when an ambulance is flashing lights and using a siren in the roadway with you—a more commonly known law.

Attorney Christopher D. Smith is a Lakewood Ranch, Florida attorney with SmithLaw Attorneys. He concentrates in bankruptcy, civil litigation, probate, estate planning, and elder exploitation cases in the Sarasota and Bradenton area. Call 941-907-4774 to learn more and to ask about our free consultations.

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