Move Over for Emergency Vehicles
One of the horrors of working in the towing business is we all know someone who has been touched by a roadside accident. Now that the Move Over Law exists in all 50 states its partly our responsibility as emergency vehicle operators to get the word out about what every motorist should do when they see a squad car, tow truck or fire truck in a lane or on the shoulder.
The Florida law is typical and reads:
- On a two-lane roadway, you are required to slow to a speed that is 20 miles per hour less than the posted speed limit.
- If the speed limit is 20 miles per hour or less, you must slow down to five miles per hour.
- If you are driving on an interstate or roadway with multiple lanes of travel in the same direction, and you approach an emergency or law enforcement vehicle parked along the roadway, you must vacate the lane closest to that vehicle as soon as it is safe to do so. If you are not able to safely move over, you must slow down to a speed of 20 MPH below the posted speed limit unless directed otherwise by a law enforcement officer.
- Violating the move over law puts both yourself and a public safety professional at risk.
The law has plenty of bite to it but I feel the real behavior adoption will occur when people make a personal connection to the issue and understand lives really are at stake. My client John Reynolds from Pizzagoni’s Towing in Brentwood, CA sent me this link to a video produced to help spread the message about just that concern. I think its excellent and should be posted on every tower’s social media outlets and websites.