One Lane Can Save a Life
On May 28, 2021, Trooper John Harris was killed performing a routine traffic stop. Shortly after exiting his squad vehicle, Trooper Harris, just 44, was struck and killed by a tractor trailer. His death, like so many others, could have been prevented had the driver followed the Move Over Law.
"I think if the driver of the semi-tractor trailer that killed my cousin was informed and educated on the law, I don't think we'd be here today...he would still be with us."
—Janet, Customer Service Specialist, Orange County Tax Collector's Office
The Move Over Law
The Move Over Law (Section 316.126, Florida Statutes) requires drivers to move over at least one lane when approaching stopped emergency vehicles, and other vehicles displaying warning lights, from behind. That includes sanitation, road and bridge maintenance, or construction vehicles.
Help protect those who protect us.
- Safely move over on highways and other roads with two or more lanes.
- Use your signals to alert other motorists.
- Allow other drives to move over ahead of you.
One lane can save a life.
Statistics and Reports
In Florida, from 2015 to 2022, there were 1,505 crashes, 117 serious injuries, and 7 deaths as a direct result of drivers not moving over.
In 2022 alone, there were also 12,791 Move Over Law citations across the state.