There was a tragic accident that occurred in Jacksonville recently which shows how important the “Move Over law” is. Two people standing outside their cars on the Monument Road exit ramp from Interstate 295 waiting on a tow truck overnight were struck and killed by a Dodge Neon, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Three others injured in the 2:30 a.m. crash were hospitalized at UF Health Jacksonville — the Neon driver with critical injuries and two other victims with serious injuries. Troopers said a Mazda 3 and Toyota Camry were pulled off to the side of the exit ramp with a tow truck that had its lights on and when the driver of the Neon lost control and struck at least one of the cars and people who were standing outside their vehicles.
FHP says the tow truck driver was not hit and witnessed the crash.
We all need to remember that anytime you have medical personnel, police officers and tow truck drivers and road rangers tending to a disabled vehicle, the move over law applies. The law which is still relatively new states the following:
- 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 can result in a fine and points on your license.
- Effective July 1, 2014, the law was changed to include sanitation vehicles and utility service vehicles.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured and those that perished in this accident. Slow down, be aware and be safe.