Move Over Law Expands To Include Utility Workers

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By: Kevin Clark
July 7, 2014 11pm

Tallahassee, FL - Casey Smith is in his 16th year working for the City of Tallahassee's Electric Department.

Even with 16 years experience, he says you can't prepare for the dangers a roadside worker faces.

"Not only are these guys working on high-voltage power lines that can kill you," said Smith. "But at the same time, they're usually out at bad weather, during storms, they work hurricanes and things like that so they have enough stuff to worry about."

But a new addition to Florida's move over law aims to accommodate utility workers.

Drivers are already used to moving over for ambulances and fire trucks.

Now, drivers will have to approach utility service vehicles, sanitation vehicles, and tow trucks with caution.

You should also change lanes away from these vehicles if traveling on a road with multiple lanes to be able to move over safely.

Finally, slow down to a speed that is 20 mph less than the posted speed limit when utility crews are working.

Violation of the move over law could result in a fine or points deducted from your license.

A good rule of thumb is if you see flashing lights on the side of the road and you can move over safely, it's probably best to do so.

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