Photo/Story Gallery 2012
Southeastern States Join Forces For Move Over Campaign
More than 170 law enforcement officers in the United States have died after being struck by motor vehicles since 1999. Thousands more have been injured. To make the roadways safer for everyone, including law enforcement officers and emergency workers who often work roadside, the Florida Highway Patrol is teaming up with officers from two other states. The FHP, Alabama Department of Public Safety and Georgia State Patrol united in February 2012 to focus enforcement and education efforts on the Move Over Law.
During the month-long enforcement operation, officers worked along busy highways and interstates to catch Move Over Law violators and others breaking traffic laws. Between 2006 and 2010 nearly 4,000 traffic crashes on Florida’s roadways involved law enforcement, fire department or emergency medical service vehicles.
Five press conferences across Florida raised public awareness and helped remind motorists about the Move Over Law. July will mark 10 years since Florida’s Move Over Law took effect. The law requires motorists, whenever they observe an authorized emergency vehicle or a wrecker parked roadside with flashing emergency lights, to vacate the lane closest to the emergency vehicle or wrecker when driving on a highway that has two or more lanes traveling in the direction of the emergency vehicle. If such movement cannot be accomplished safely, or when traveling on a two-lane roadway, the driver must slow down to a speed of 20 mph less than the posted speed limit. Find additional details and public service announcements on Florida’s Move Over Law at www.flhsmv.gov/SafetyTips. Floridians who travel to other states should know that nearly every state has a Move Over Law. Hawaii and Washington D.C. are the only areas that do not have a Move Over Law.
Pictured in the top photos: Major Tony Allen (left) addresses the media during a press conference in Jacksonville and Major Cindy Williams (right) addresses the media during a press conference in Orlando.
Pictured in the center photos left to right: Sgt. Steve Gaskins in Tampa, Captain Mark Brown in Tallahassee, Sgt. Mark Wysocky in Davie, Road Ranger/FHP Aux. member Michael Cocmazzee in Orlando (he was struck by a motorist while working as a Road Ranger in 2010) and Orange Co. Firefighter Chad Lowery (he was injured by a passing motorist while on scene of a crash in 2010).