Drivers Pay The Price When They Don't Move Over

By: Greg Gullberg Email
By: Greg Gullberg Email

- Cook Co., Ga. - April 26, 2012 -

When you're driving on the highway in Georgia or Florida and approach an emergency vehicle on the shoulder, do you give them space? If you don't you could be breaking the law.

Deputy Vito Pellitteri with the Cook County Sheriff's Department took Eyewitness News reporter Greg Gullberg onto Interstate-75. They sat on the shoulder with lights flashing to see how many violators they could find.

"A lot of times as soon as we finish a traffic stop we'll get one that goes flying by and that's our next traffic stop," said Deputy Pellitteri.

Deputy Pellitteri and Gullberg watched from the shoulder as dozens of drivers violated the law in only 30 minutes time.

"There's no excuse for it," said Deputy Pellitteri.

It's called the "Move Over" law. It exists in Georgia and Florida requiring drivers to give room to law enforcement, fighter fighters, emergency medical services and tow trucks.

Violators are fined as much as $500.

Cook County Sheriff John Daughtrey says the law protects men and women working roadside from careless drivers. He reminds us of one Deputy in Broward County, Florida who was killed in February 2006 during a traffic stop.

"If you can't move over it does say to slow down to a speed lower than the posted speed limit and be prepared to stop," said Deputy Pellitteri.

Deputy Pellitteri took Gullberg along as he chased down a fiery red Corvette that blew past them talking on the shoulder.

The most popular excuse:

"They didn't know they were supposed to move over," said Deputy Pellitteri.

If you don't obey the law, they're watching you.


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  • by Who in the.. on Apr 27, 2012 at 05:02 PM
    hell comes up with these ridiculous fines..$500.00 ..What is the matter with $150.00. Maybe someone is stealing from the till and needs to put it back. I sgree move over, but sometimes you can't..and it's your word against the law enforcement officer. You know where that goes.
  • by HMA on Apr 27, 2012 at 08:58 AM
    This will happen: driver not paying attention sees the emergency vehicle, changes lanes abruptly to avoid a $500 ticket, hits another vehicle, both lose control and hit the emergency vehicle, killing or injuring everyone involved.
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      by Wrong on Apr 27, 2012 at 11:16 AM in reply to HMA
      If you can't move over, YOU CAN SLOW DOWN!
  • by Mel Location: Valdosta on Apr 27, 2012 at 06:07 AM
    I was slapped with one of these $500 tickets. It sucks that the VPD sit on North Valdosta Rd like nats just waiting to bust someone every 20 yards. Then you cant get over because of the traffic is so thick, and you still get the fine!
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      by Anonymous on Apr 27, 2012 at 10:33 AM in reply to Mel
      If you can't move over, you won't necessarily get a ticket, but in order to avoid a ticket you must slow down(below the speed limit).
  • by skidder on Apr 27, 2012 at 05:28 AM
    Ever since one of the two cars that didn't move over for me on I-10 was a FHP, I've been a little bitter. Now he wasn't the only person to not move over, but he was one of two who had the road to themselves. There are times where traffic merging into one lane is dangerous. I'm sure they set up stings right over the crest of a hill, to let you decide ticket, or multicar collision. There are times when there are no excuses. Thanks Mr.or Mrs. FHP for the breeze, it was hot changing my tire.
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      by Anonymous on Apr 27, 2012 at 06:32 AM in reply to skidder
      So bitter that you had to post the same thing twice, eh? Once again, genius, you are not an emergency vehicle, so the law doesn't apply to you. As to the speed trap over the hill, perhaps you could just slow down instead of slamming on the brakes and causing a multi-car accident, or is that concept too far over your head?
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      by Anonymous on Apr 27, 2012 at 06:50 AM in reply to skidder
      Citizens don't count.
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      by Anonymous on Apr 27, 2012 at 10:33 AM in reply to skidder
      The last I checked, I-10 did not go through Ga!
  • by Jones Location: Perry on Apr 27, 2012 at 04:31 AM
    There are some of the stupidest drivers in the world in Florida and if you disagree with this law odds are you are probably one of them.
  • by equal justice on Apr 26, 2012 at 07:06 PM
    I do agree with this law for the safety of all involved. However, what a twist of justice when cops cause accidents, not on their way to an emergency and are NOT ticketed! A TPD officer not on an emergency, just NOT paying attention totaled my car (it's stated in the report they were at fault), but no citation issued pending THI investigating. Huh....you mean pending covering you A@@ no ticket will be issued was the true translation. Thanks to "no fault" law in Florida, I pay my insurance deductable, but the cop pays nothing out of pocket. People paid to enforce the laws should be held accountable too.
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      by Anon on Apr 27, 2012 at 03:49 AM in reply to equal justice
      Get a lawyer and file a suit. Chances are they will settle out of court.
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      by ?? on Apr 28, 2012 at 05:00 PM in reply to equal justice
      take there A** to court a stick it to them!!!
  • by skidder on Apr 26, 2012 at 06:56 PM
    Ever since one of the two cars that didn't move over for me on I-10 was a FHP, I've been a little bitter. Now he wasn't the only person to not move over, but he was one of two who had the road to themselves. There are times where traffic merging into one lane is dangerous. I'm sure they set up stings right over the crest of a hill, to let you decide ticket, or multicar collision. There are times when there are no excuses. Thanks Mr.or Mrs. FHP for the breeze, it was hot changing my tire.
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      by cp on Apr 26, 2012 at 08:18 PM in reply to skidder
      You are just a plain joe and not an emergency vehicle. Sooooo, no space for you.
  • by SNA on Apr 26, 2012 at 06:51 PM
    I've seen people turn left out of restaurant right in front of fire truck with its lights and siren going. There is no respect for other emergency vehicles, or simply for other people. I saw a car blow past a stopped school bus last week - lights on and sign out, didn't matter.
  • by DTH Location: Tallahassee on Apr 26, 2012 at 05:30 PM
    This is the down side to having newer Cars that are designed to block out the outside Noise so now maybe more Drivers will pay attention to whats going on around them and look in the Mirror more often.
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      by Kudzu on Apr 26, 2012 at 07:33 PM in reply to DTH
      DTH,you deserve a ticket,read the article again.
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      by Amazed&Amused.... on Apr 26, 2012 at 07:59 PM in reply to DTH
      I am 52 years young. I was taught to yield to emergency vehicles coming either way. I was 12 driving multiple farm vehicles. 40 yrs later, I still get the hell outta the way. Same on a roadside stop. I'm not sure, but I'd be willing to bet that more LEOs die for idiots who can't seem to grasp the concept of avoiding the flashing lightbars,instead choosing to drive towards the "purty lites" than are killed by hostile gunfire. Plus, they don't die from people running them over while they may be in your mirror,they die because of people who are not paying attention to the road ahead. Noise levels in the car do not make you blind. Cell phone calls,texts,etc. distract the driver more than how loud Kid Rock is booming. Sirens are not the only warning signal on any emergency OR service vehicle.Remember the "purty Lites"?? Hi-power LEDs visible for a mile, in Daylight. Anyone that kills a LEO with a vehicle from behind while Lights are activated should be charged with,at least,Negligent Manslaughter, if not 2nd degree Murder. $500 ticket ain't enough for a life.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 26, 2012 at 04:58 PM
    "I didn't know" deserves a minimum fine of $500.
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      by Anonymous on Apr 27, 2012 at 04:40 AM in reply to
      Ignorance of the law has never been an excuse.
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