With the start of the new year, new laws go into effect, including Florida’s enhanced Move Over law. Floridians have long been required to move over for first responders, tow trucks and municipal vehicles. Now, drivers are required to move over for a disabled vehicle displaying either its hazard lights, emergency flares or emergency signage, according to an AAA news release.
Violators could be cited with a noncriminal moving violation and a fine of up to $158.
“AAA has advocated for a stronger move over law through our ‘Move Over for Me’ campaign, and are glad to see it come to fruition,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group, in the release.
“The roadside is a dangerous place for anyone, whether it’s a first responder or a daily commuter. We hope this enhancement to the current law will save lives by reminding drivers to give extra space when passing anyone on the roadside,” said Jenkins.
AAA shares these safety tips for drivers and stranded motorists:
- Remain alert, avoid distractions and focus on driving.
- Keep an eye out for emergency vehicles, including tow trucks, that have their lights on as well as cars that have their flashers on. Move over one lane, and if you can’t move over, slow down to safely pass them.
- Be a good passenger by helping to identify roadway issues.
- Watch for people on the roadside that may be bent down by their vehicle, in front of the vehicle, or about to get in or out of the vehicle.
- Pull over as far on the shoulder as possible.
- Turn hazard lights on.
- If possible, safely make it to the next exit or stopping point.
- Call for assistance by phone, website or AAA app.
- Remain with your vehicle as long as it’s safe to do so.
- If getting out of your vehicle, watch the oncoming traffic for a good time to exit and remain close to your vehicle. Avoid turning your back to traffic whenever possible.
For more information, visit AAA.com, or get the AAA mobile app.
Published January 10, 2024