Making sure Florida drivers understand “Move Over” law

By on January 7th, 2013

The Florida Move Over law requires drivers to take specific precautions when they approach an emergency vehicle’s flashing lights.

“You need to have a lane width between the traffic and the trooper,” said Florida Highway Patrol Captain Nancy Rasmussen when describing how to follow the law. “If you can’t do that safely, say if there are a lot of vehicles that are on the roadways and you can’t move over, you need to slow your speed down to 20 mph below the speed limit.”

The penalties for disobeying the law are equivalent to most other moving violations, with three points being added to your license and a fine varying from county to county.

Over the last year, four officers were involved in accidents resulting from drivers not abiding by the law. Most recently, Florida Highway Patrol trooper Felicia Andrews sustained serious injuries when her patrol car was hit while parked in the emergency lane of I-95.

Rasmussen believes the law does deter drivers more as time goes on.

“A lot of cars do get over, and it’s getting to be a natural thing,” she said.

Chloe Oliveras edited this story online.

This entry was posted in Florida and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.
  • Ian

    Do you have to move over if emergency vehicle does not have its flashing lights on? I got a ticket for not moving over but the police officer did not have his lights on (not even parking lights) and it was night time.

  • Tagg Heurer

    If we are to develop new and innovative ways of doing things, we must have maximum liberty to make use of as much knowledge as possible.


More Stories in Florida

DCF, Senators Eye Ways To Bolster Child Protection

A total of 369 child deaths have been called in to the state abuse hotline so far in 2015. That means Florida is on track to have roughly as many child deaths this year as it did before passing a sweeping child-welfare reform law in 2014.

Open-Carry Gun Bill Bangs Into Business Concerns

Several lawmakers in both parties and an influential business group expressed concerns about the potential impact of the proposal on private property rights.

Sofia DeCerce, 21, a senior studying health education and behavior, and Lindsay Pearl, 19, a sophomore studying health science discuss programs GatorWell offers with Ronit Dastidar, 19, a microbiology sophomore. "People are going to keep doing what they're doing, but it's important to make sure that they're informed to the correct way to do those activities," Dastidar said.

Florida Ranked 47th In Sexual Health, Could Be Due To Educational Lack

Florida ranked 47th in the United States for sexual health by the State by State Safer Sex Index. Melissa St. Onge, communications manager for Planned Parenthood of South, East and North Florida, said she was not surprised to hear Florida ranked so low on the survey, and that sexual health conversations should start at home and continue with education in class.

Survey: Floridians Oppose Guns On Campus

Almost three-quarters of Floridians — 73 percent — oppose allowing students with concealed-weapons permits to carry guns on campus.


Judge Refuses to Stop Florida Black Bear Hunt

A Leon County judged ruled that Florida’s first black bear hunt in 21 years will indeed happen. The ruling says that a state wildlife agency was within its right to schedule the hunt.

Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Underwriting Payments