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Florida Highway Patrol ramping up enforcement of "Move Over" Law

8:12 AM, Jan 9, 2014   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- We all know the basic rules of the road. Wear your seat belt. Drive the speed limit. Yet, many drivers are not following the "Move Over" Law.

The Florida Highway Patrol is ramping up enforcement of the Move Over Law this month. In a dashboard camera video provided to First Coast News by FHP, you can see Trooper Morley near struck by a passing vehicle while he is talking to a motorist on the side of a roadway.

The car speeds past him and strikes his back, sending him spinning. Trooper Morley was treated for minor injuries and is back on duty.

Morely was not the only trooper nearly killed due to drivers not moving over for law enforcement.

Trooper Grady Lee was severely injured while trying to help a driver broken down on the side of the road in March of 2013. Also, Trooper Felecia Andrews was critically injured on Dec. 29 in Broward County while investigating a crash along I-95.

Trooper Patrick Ambroise died on the Florida Turnpike when he was struck while in the emergency lane. His car burst into flames and trapped him inside.

The "Move Over" Law is simple. When passing an emergency vehicle on the side of a roadway with its lights on, move over one lane. If you cannot move over, slow down to 20 mph under the posted speed limit and pass with caution.

If caught violating this law it is a $164 fine and points on your license.

First Coast News

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