Thursday, January 10, 2019

The Florida Highway Patrol really wants you to move over for emergency vehicles

Posted By on Thu, Jan 10, 2019 at 2:44 PM

Attention, drivers – specifically those of you reading this while driving.

The Florida Highway Patrol would like you to move over or slow down for stopped first responders on highways – especially on I-4.

In a tweet sent out this morning, FHP showed a video of a police car door getting hit by a semi-truck on I-4 as the officer was investigating a crash.

Sporting the hashtags #MOVEOVER and #MOVEOVERMONTH the tweet was a reminder, yet again, to move over for emergency vehicles, which include law enforcement, firefighters, ambulances and utility vehicles.

The "move over" law requires drivers to move over a lane or slow down 20 miles per hour less than the posted speed limit to provide a buffer area protecting emergency vehicles.

I-4 was named the deadliest highway in the nation by the National Highway Safety Administration in 2017 for the 165 deaths that occurred on the highway between 2011-2015.

Additionally, in 2016, I-4 ranked first in a study of the most lethal highways in the United States based off data gathered by EverDrive, the mobile app of auto insurance marketplace EverQuote.

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