Broward Sheriff's Office: Public Information Office

PIO Number: 19-9-08

Date: September 13, 2019

Move over crashes are on the rise in Broward County. To help educate, raise awareness and apply the law, the Broward Sheriff’s Office is conducting a two-week enforcement operation. 


Starting this week, BSO deputies, in cooperation with the City of Pompano Beach, will be patrolling city streets looking for drivers not moving over for emergency vehicles, tow trucks or other utility service vehicles within the city.  


Last year, Broward County had the third highest number of move over crashes with 19.  Just a year prior, we were ranked sixth in the state with 12, according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Statewide, drivers caused more than 200 crashes on our roadways by failing to move over.


The Move Over Law was enacted through legislation in 2002, requiring drivers to move one lane over for emergency, safety and utility vehicles stopped on the roadway, when it’s safe to do so.


If you can’t move over, or when on a two-lane road, the law requires you to slow to a speed that is 20 mph less than the posted speed limit or slow down to 5 mph when the posted speed limit is 20 mph or less. Failure to yield or move over puts law enforcement officers, emergency first responders and public service workers in danger while they are on the job protecting and serving the citizens and visitors of Florida. 


During this operation, deputies will be handing out informational flyers, warnings and citations. The operation will end on September 24, 2019.


MEDIA NOTE: Media interested in a ride-along with a deputy during the enforcement operation should contact the Public Information Office to coordinate.



Sergeant Donald Prichard/PIO