"Move Over - Slow Down - Save a Life" - that's the message Florida law enforcers want you to hear as National Police Week begins Monday. It's a time when law enforcement officers honor and remember colleagues who paid the ultimate sacrifice serving their communities.
Just a week ago, Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Chelsea Richard, passed away as a result of a deadly crash on Interstate 75.
As Florida mourns the lost of Richard, these agencies are uniting in their support of the 'Move Over' law: the Florida Highway Patrol, the Florida Police Chiefs Association, the Florida Police Benevolent Association, the Florida State Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police and the Florida Sheriff's Association.
"Failing to move over is a deadly choice, not only for you, but for those of us who are out protecting you," said Colonel David Brierton, director of the Florida Highway Patrol. "We lost a hero on May 3rd, Trooper Chelsea Richard and her death was preventable. Be responsible; make the right choices, move-over, slow down."
Law enforcement officers working on Florida's roadways face great danger from distracted drivers.
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To better protect Florida's law enforcement officers, the statewide law enforcement organizations call upon all law enforcement officers in the state to actively educate the public and enforce the Move Over law throughout the state. Florida's Move Over law, FS. 316.126, requires drivers to:
• On a two-lane roadway, slow to a speed that is 20 miles per hour less than the posted speed limit;
• On a two-lane roadway, slow to five miles per hour if the speed limit is 20 miles per hour or less; and
• On an interstate or roadway with multiple lanes of travel in the same direction, you must vacate the lane closest to any emergency or law enforcement vehicle parked along the roadway as soon as it is safe to do so. If you are not able to safely move over, slow to a speed that is 20 miles per hour less than the posted speed limit unless directed otherwise by a law enforcement officer.
"As the summer travel season gets fully underway, please remember to slow down and move over for our public safety personnel working along our roadways. This simple act will save many lives. Thank you and be safe." - President John Rivera, Florida PBA.