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Altamonte Springs Police Department
Thursday September 9th, 2010 :: 02:44 p.m. EDT


Are You Aware of Florida's Move Over Law? See email for full story.

The Move Over Law originated in 2002, as a result of numerous deaths of emergency responders which stemmed from collisions by passing motorists. Florida legislatures recognized a need to slow down traffic and/or create a buffer zone between the emergency officials and roadway traffic. Although the law has been around for nearly a decade it remains one of the most unknown and confusing laws to drivers. Here’s what the law says:

• On a two-lane roadway, drivers are required to slow to a speed that is 20 miles per hour less than the posted speed limit. For example if you were traveling down Wymore Rd which has a posted speed limit of 35 mph you must slow your speed to 15 mph.
• If the posted speed limit is 20 miles per hour or less, you must slow down to five miles per hour.
• If you are driving on an interstate or roadway with multiple lanes of travel in the same direction, and you approach an emergency vehicle including a tow truck, acting in official capacity, parked along the roadway, you must vacate the lane closest to that vehicle as soon as it is safe to do so. If you are unable to safely move over, you must slow down to a speed of 20 MPH below the posted speed limit unless directed otherwise by a law enforcement officer.

A driver who is in violation of the Mover Over Law in Seminole County may receive a citation at the cost of $166 and 3 points assessed to their driving record. The amount of the fine will vary from county to county. Please share this valuable information with friends and family to educate them on how to comply with the law and ensure our emergency officials return safely to their families each night.

Drive Safe!

Altamonte Springs Police Department
175 Newburyport Ave
Altamonte Springs, FL 32701

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 407-339-2441

Lt Darin Farber
COPS Section

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