Ten years ago, Florida enacted the “Move Over Law.” This law protects public safety professionals including fire and rescue personnel, law enforcement officers, and wrecker operators while they perform their jobs along Florida’s roadways. For your safety and the safety of Florida’s public safety professionals, please be an attentive driver and obey the “Mover Over Law.” This law requires drivers to yield the right-of-way to all emergency vehicles, including fire and rescue apparatus and police vehicles, or any vehicle operating red or blue lights and a siren or other warning device. If an emergency vehicle approaches from behind you while traveling on a roadway, pull over to the right shoulder of the road as soon as it is safe to do so. If an emergency vehicle or wrecker is stopped along a roadway with its warning lights activated, by law you are required to do one of two things:
· If you are traveling on a two-lane roadway, you must slow to 20 miles per hour (mph) less than the posted speed limit. If the posted speed limit on the two-lane roadway is 20 mph or less you must slow to 5 mph.
· If you are traveling on an interstate or other road with at least two lanes in the same direction, you must vacate the lane closest to the emergency vehicle or wrecker as soon as it is safe to do so. If you cannot vacate the closest lane, you must slow to 20 mph less than the posted speed limit.
If you are not being an attentive driver, emergency vehicles can seem to come from nowhere. It is difficult to hear the siren of an approaching emergency vehicle if your radio is too loud or you are talking on your cell phone. Cell phones should never be used when driving as they will distract you from your important task: driving. Driving while using a cell phone greatly increases your chance of being involved in a motor vehicle accident, you may be the next victim that the public safety personnel assist. Please check your side view and rear view mirrors often, about every ten seconds, and always be alert for the presence of emergency vehicles on the road. Unfortunately, many public safety professionals are injured and killed every year by motorists who are not attentive, do not understand or completely disregard the “Move Over Law.” The public safety personnel are here to assist you, please be aware of our presence on the roadways.
Everyone is invited to the Ratliff Community Volunteer Fire Department’s Community Day on Saturday, August 11, 2012, at Station 10 from 10 am until 2 pm. Station 10 is located at the intersection of Ratliff Road and Hilltop Lane. Tanker 10, Squad 10, and Engine 10 will be displayed. Food and games will be provided. Come meet the volunteers of Station 10. Bring your children to see the fire engines and meet the firefighters! For updated information, please check our website at www.ratliffvfd.org.
Public Information Officer
Ratliff Community Volunteer Fire Department
Published by The Nassau County Record on July 19, 2012.