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Move Over or Pay Up

June 23rd, 2008 by Mike Vasilinda

The Highway Patrol and other law enforcement agencies are stepping up
enforcement of the six year old “Move Over Law”. The law required
drivers to move over a lane and slow to 20 miles an hour under the
posted speed limit when passing emergency vehicles on the side of the road.

Tina Lambert of Panama City lost her 23 year son, who was working as a
Broward County Sheriff’s Deputy when he was struck. Lambert says she is
reminded of the tragedy every time she sees people ignoring the law.

“People just don’t care. They think it doesn’t mean them…that they
don’t need to move over…that they’ll never hit anyone. Or, even if I
were on the side of the road changing a tire, I would want people to be
courteous to me. Because you could get hit also and not even be in an
emergency vehicle. So this really saves everybody, not just law
enforcement”.

Also at the kickoff event was State Trooper John Baker. Baker has been hit three times. He says he is more careful now than earlier in his FHP career. “My third one happened to be a guy under the influence of methadon and cocaine. Luckily there was another trooper who parked his car behind mine, and it was actually a buffer between my car and the violators car,
which everybody said I would have died in the third one”.

Trooper Baker is still patrolling the highways over the advice of his
wife. Since 1997 some 151 law enforcement officers have been killed
nationwide on the side of the road. Signs about the law have now been posted in the rest areas along the states Interstate highways.

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