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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
this operation, deputies will be handing out informational flyers, warnings and
citations. The operation will end on September 24, 2019.
NOTE: Media interested in a ride-along with a deputy during the enforcement
operation should contact the Public Information Office to coordinate.
THIS REPORT BY:
Sergeant Donald Prichard/PIO