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Chief Alred, Major Carrick and Sheriff Glover
Chief Alred, Major Carrick, Sheriff Glover

On October 21, 2002, the Florida Highway Patrol in Jacksonville held a joint news conference with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and Jacksonville Fire/Rescue Department, emphasizing the importance of motorists obeying Florida’s new "Move Over Act" which went into effect July 1, 2002.

sign about to be unveiled

This new law requires motorists to "move over" or "slow down" when approaching an authorized emergency vehicle that is stopped on a highway in Florida. Major Grady Carrick (FHP), Sheriff Nat Glover (Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office), and Chief Ray Alfred (Jacksonville Fire/Rescue Dept.) shared brief comments about the importance of this new law. They each helped unveil a new information sign to remind motorists of this important new law.

Trooper Greg Edison
Trooper Greg Edison

Trooper Greg Edison was also on hand to share his story of being struck earlier this year while conducting a traffic stop on Interstate 10 in Jacksonville. This new law requires motorists who are traveling on interstate highways or other highways with two or more lanes traveling in the direction of the law enforcement or other authorized emergency vehicle, which is stopped and has the emergency lights activated, to move over to the adjacent lane as soon as it is safe to do so, or slow down if changing lanes is impractical. When approaching a law enforcement or other authorized emergency vehicle parked on a two-lane roadway with their emergency lights activated, motorists are required to slow down to a speed that is 20 miles per hour less than the posted speed limit.


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