If you’re driving past a patrol car or emergency vehicle pulled over, make sure to slow down.
This month, the Florida Highway Patrol is focusing on enforcement of the “Move Over” law. The law is designed to protect officers on the job, as well as motorists.
Under the law, drivers must move over when a patrol car, emergency vehicle or tow truck is stopped on the side of the road with lights flashing. If you cannot safely move over, you need to slow to 20 mph below the posted speed limit.
Violating the law could result in fines and points on your driver’s license.
FHP says more than 170 law enforcement officers have died and thousands have been injured nationwide from a crash on the side of the road since 1999.