New Move Over Law Takes Effect July 1st
June 30, 2014
A new bill passed into law and signed by the governor of Florida makes important changes to the Florida Move Over Law. In addition to police, fire, and tow trucks, HB 7005 adds sanitation vehicles and utility service vehicles to the Move Over Law. Florida’s Move Over Law requires that motorists approaching an emergency vehicle such as police, fire ambulance, or tow truck and, beginning July 1st, sanitation and utility service vehicles with their emergency lights flashing to move over into the lane opposite the emergency vehicle or, if moving over isn’t possible, to slow to 20 mph under the posted speed limit. The deaths of a Florida Highway Patrol trooper in May and a tow truck operator on June 28th, shows the importance of this law.