Members of the Florida Highway Patrol and Broward County
Sheriff’s Office attend a press conference to promote the Move Over Law.
Captain John Roberts and Sheriff Al Lamberti announced a joint effort between the Florida Highway Patrol and the Broward County Sheriff's Office to increase awareness about Florida's Move Over Law. The announcement was made at a press conference held last month during which both agencies pledged to work together to better enforce the Move Over Law throughout Broward County. Each agency displayed wrecked patrol vehicles that had been struck by drivers who failed to move over or change lanes away from police vehicles.
Sheriff Al Lamberti and Trooper John Baker
look at one of the wrecked FHP patrol cars that was involved
in the crash that injured Trooper Baker and Corporal Elias.
Representatives from Broward County Fire Rescue, the DOT Road Rangers, the Professional Wrecker Operators of Florida, and others who have been impacted by the failure of drivers to comply with Florida's Move Over Law participated in this important local news conference.
On Friday March 7th, the first joint enforcement operation to increase awareness on the Move Over Law was held on I-75. An FHP trooper and BSO deputy worked together to stop violators of the Move Over Law. In a little over an hour, officers issued 13 Speed citations, 12 Move Over Law citations, 1 Seat Belt citation, and 1 Suspended Driver License citation. The weather ended the operation early, but plans are to make this type of Move Over Law operation a quarterly detail between the FHP and the BSO.
These types of partnerships and multi-agency enforcement operations are very important and need to continue locally and statewide on a regular basis to help prevent crashes of emergency vehicles and injury or death to emergency workers, including our state law enforcement officers.