New Move Over Act creates safety measures for utility crews


Utility crews are now protected by a new act that guards them as they work on the side of the roads and highways.

The Florida Move Over Act was amended on July 1 to include service and sanitation vehicles to the list of the public safety vehicles that motorist must already slow down or move over for to protect personnel.

The language was written by Florida Rep. Holly Raschein, R-Key largo, and Senator Greg Evers, R-Pensacola, and passes as a part of a larger transportation package.

The new law requires motorists to:

- Approach law enforcement patrol cars, emergency vehicles, utility service vehicles, sanitation vehicles and tow trucks/wreckers with caution.

- Change lanes away from these vehicles if traveling on a multi-lane roadway and able to move over safely; or

- Slow down to a speed that is 20 mph less than the posted speed limit, when a clearly identified emergency or work-crew vehicle is parked and crews are working

"Safety is a priority at JEA," said Paul McElroy, JEA CEO and managing director. "This new law will help JEA workers restore service both safely and efficiently. "

Motorists violating the Move Over Act can result in a fine and points on their license.