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Attention Florida! New Move Over Law Has Been Expanded.


Florida has taken a significant step to bolster roadside safety with the expansion of its Move Over law, effective January 1, 2024. This enhanced law broadens the range of situations where drivers are required to move over, further protecting those who find themselves in vulnerable positions on the road.


Under the revised law, drivers are now mandated to move over for a wider array of scenarios. This includes any vehicle that is broken down and displaying warning or hazard lights, vehicles using emergency flares or signage, and vehicles with occupants present. The law also specifically covers law enforcement, emergency responders, sanitation and utility service vehicles, tow truck drivers, and maintenance or construction vehicles with displayed warning lights but without advance signs or channelizing devices.



For motorists who cannot move over, especially on two-lane roads, the law stipulates that they must slow down. The required speed reduction is 20 mph less than the posted limit, or down to 5 mph when the posted speed limit is 20 mph or less.


This amendment comes in response to alarming statistics: from 2016 to 2020, an average of nearly 350 people per year were fatally struck while outside a disabled vehicle on the roadside.


In addition to these legal requirements, Florida authorities have provided essential tips for stranded motorists. These include pulling over as far as safely possible, using hazard lights, trying to reach a safe exit or stopping point if feasible, calling for assistance, and remaining vigilant and close to the vehicle if exiting it. Motorists are advised to avoid turning their backs to traffic whenever possible.


Florida's commitment to road safety is clear in this legislative update. Drivers are reminded to remember these rules and tips while traveling, playing a crucial role in ensuring the safety of all road users.

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