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FHP Northern Florida Region Commander Chief Carrick explains Florida’s Move Over Law at a press conference in Tallahassee on Aug. 21, 2009.
FHP Northern Florida Region Commander Chief Grady Carrick explains Florida’s Move Over Law at a press conference in Tallahassee on Aug. 21, 2009.

FHP Southern Florida Region Commander Chief Guzman explains Florida’s Move Over Law at a press conference in Lake Worth on Aug. 21, 2009.
FHP Southern Florida Region Commander Chief Miguel Guzman explains Florida’s Move Over Law at a press conference in Lake Worth on Aug. 21, 2009.

Florida Highway Patrol Director, Col. John Czernis announced the Patrol targeted drivers who violated the Move Over Law between Aug. 21 -- Sept. 7, 2009. Chief Grady Carrick conducted a press conference at Troop H headquarters in Tallahassee as troop commanders held press conferences in other parts of the state to kick off the campaign. The Move Over Law requires drivers to move over one lane whenever an emergency vehicle on the side of the road has its lights activated. If moving over is not a viable option, drivers must simply slow down to 20 mph below the posted speed limit.

FHP Troop K  Commander Major Saucedo addresses the media on Florida’s Turnpike.
FHP Troop K Commander Major Joseph Saucedo addresses the media on Florida’s Turnpike.

FHP Troop G Commander Major Allen addresses the media at the Jacksonville Press Conference.
FHP Troop G Commander Major Anthony Allen addresses the media at the Jacksonville Press Conference.

FHP Troop E Commander Major Brierton addresses the media at the Miami Press Conference.
FHP Troop E Commander Major James Brierton addresses the media at the Miami Press Conference.

FHP Troop L Commander Major Ramil addresses the media at the Lake Worth Press Conference.
FHP Troop L Commander Major Luis Ramil addresses the media at the Lake Worth Press Conference.

Florida adopted the law in 2002 after several emergency response personnel were killed or injured while working on the side of the road. In the past decade, more than 150 law enforcement officers nationwide have been killed by passing motorists while performing their duties on our highways.

The Move Over Law enforcement effort is part of a series where the Florida Highway Patrol focuses on a specific traffic law and cites anyone caught violating that law. The series is called Be Smart, Drive Smart Florida!The Patrol partnered with law enforcement agencies across the state through Labor Day to raise awareness and enforcement of the Move Over Law. During the operation, law enforcement officers worked together along busy highways and interstates to stop those who violated the law.

In addition to enforcement, the Department has created Public Service Announcements, which are available for viewing and download the Department’s website at www.flhsmv.gov/SafetyTips/MoveOverTips.htm. In addition, troopers handed out brochures during traffic stops. The brochures also are available in FHP stations, driver license offices and other locations throughout the state. Also, radio PSAs aired statewide on Florida News Network for a two-week period. Both the brochures and radio PSAs have English and Spanish versions. Federal grants dollars through the Florida Department of Transportation funded this year’s Move Over Law campaign materials.

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