The vehicles we drive today have dashes filled with the latest technology and innovations that keep us in tune with our vehicle’s performance, engaged and entertained. But when driving, don’t let these things distract you.
Our line crews often work alongside roadways, making a hazardous job even more dangerous. They are at risk of being injured by passing motorists, and these accidents are preventable if drivers will pay attention, slow down and move over.
The “Move-Over” law helps protect law enforcement officers and other emergency responders by requiring motorists to move over when approaching stopped emergency vehicles with flashing emergency lights. Utility workers are considered emergency responders – and it’s the law to move over when they are working beside the road.
Florida Law Requires:
• 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.
Please give our line workers a safe working area. These men aren’t just utility workers; they’re dads, and sons, baseball coaches and choir members…your fellow local co-op members. It’s not just knowledge to help keep your friends and neighbors safe, it’s the law.
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