It’s the Law: Slow Down, Move Over for Utility Workers

April is National Distracted Driving Month. Being aware of your surroundings and avoiding any distractions is a critical way to avoid major car accidents with stopped vehicles and workers on the side of the road.

Kissimmee Utility Authority reminds all motorists to “Move Over” for stopped utility and emergency service vehicles. Florida’s Move Over Law states that drivers must move over as soon as it is safe to do so for any authorized law enforcement, emergency or service vehicles displaying any visible signals while stopped on the roadside. This includes utility trucks, Road Rangers, sanitation vehicles and tow trucks.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • When motorists cannot vacate the lane closest to the emergency or service vehicle, they must slow to a speed that is 20 miles per hour less than the posted speed limit.
  • Slow down to 5 mph when the posted speed limit is 20 mph or less.
  • For a multi-lane roadway, be prepared to allow those who are attempting to move over into the next lane.
  • Penalties regarding Florida’s move over law include a fine of up to $500 and three points added to a person’s license. Additional penalties include a person getting their license suspended for accumulating too many points.
  • The public is encouraged to report aggressive drivers by dialing *FHP (*347).

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