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January is “Move Over Month.” It’s a time to remind everyone of the state law aimed at protecting law enforcement and others whose roadway jobs put their safety at risk.
To illustrate those dangers, the Florida Highway Patrol released dashcam video of a dramatic crash from October 2015.
In the video, Trooper Mac Mickens was on the Florida Turnpike in West Palm Beach. He was walking back to his vehicle, after having pulled over a driver for speeding, when another driver plows right into him.
Mickens, 60, struggles to get up. His pelvis was completely shattered, his face bloodied.
Finally Trooper Mickens is able to grab hold of his radio to call for help – no small feat
Thankfully, Mickens is recovering and is hoping to be back at work soon.
But not all emergency workers and first responders are as lucky.
The move over law requires drivers to move over a lane or to slow down to 20 mph below the speed limit.
If a driver is not in the lane closest to the stopped emergency vehicles, they’re required to allow other drivers who are to move into their lane.
This goes for law enforcement vehicles, tow trucks, sanitation and utility workers to prevent scenes like this from happening on Florida’s roadways.
Drivers who violate the move over law can be issued a ticket and fine and get three points on their license.
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