Tampa, Fla. (970 WFLA)- Triple-A reminds you that state law requires motorists to give adequate space to law enforcement, tow truck drivers, utility service vehicles and other first responders that are stopped on the side of the road.
Violators can be issued a ticket that could lead to a fine as well as three points on their driver's license. State figures show there were more than 200 crashes and nearly 70 injuries as a result of motorists failing to move over in 2016.
“The Move Over Law protects those who work on the side of the roadway each day and ensures that they make it home safely to their families,” said DHSMV Executive Director Terry L. Rhodes. “Law enforcement, first responders, service and utility vehicles provide critical services to motorists in one of the most dangerous work environments. It is imperative that motorists abide by the law and move over or slow down for these brave professionals so that they can do their job and Arrive Alive.”
AAA recommends the following driving tips while driving on Florida’s roadways:·Use common sense:
Watch for situations where emergency vehicles, tow vehicles, sanitation and utility service vehicles are pulled off on the side of the road.
·Two-Lane Roadway: When approaching an emergency vehicle with lights flashing parked on the side of a two-lane road, you MUST slow down to 20 mph below the posted speed limit and approach with caution, unless otherwise directed by an emergency worker on the scene.
·Multi-Lane Roadway: Slow down when you see the flashing lights of an emergency vehicle on the roadside, and - if you can - move over into an adjacent lane. If you cannot change lanes, reduce your speed to 20 mph below the posted speed limit.
·Stay Alert: Pay attention to changes in traffic patterns and speed limits.
·Be Courteous: Look out for motorists stranded on the side of the road waiting for assistance.
·Don’t Drive Distracted: Anything that takes your mind off the task of driving is a distraction. PUT IT DOWN - no text or call is worth a life.
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