Breaking Down Florida's New Driving Laws in 2024
With the start of the new year, Florida drivers can expect a few changes on the road. That’s because one new traffic law recently went into effect, and another could soon be on the way. In both cases, the laws are intended to prevent car accidents caused by drivers who don’t share the road with highway vehicles and disabled vehicles parked along the side of the road.
Florida’s ‘Move Over’ traffic law goes into effect
Unofficially known as the “Move Over” law, House Bill (HB) 425 went into effect on January 1st of this year. The new law revised the rules and regulations in Florida governing emergency vehicles or disabled vehicles parked along the side of the road.
Previously, drivers approaching an emergency vehicle (ambulances, police cars, fire trucks, etc.) parked alongside the road were required to move over or slow down to 20 mph if they could not safely move over on the road. Drivers were not required to move over for other disabled vehicles alongside the road.
Under HB 425, Florida drivers must now move over if they are approaching any disabled vehicle parked alongside the road. This includes emergency vehicles and all other vehicles with flashing hazard lights parked alongside a road, according to a news story published by the Tallahassee Democrat.
How common are collisions caused by drivers who don’t move over?
The main reason why Florida passed the new law is because of the large number of car accidents caused by drivers who failed to move over. Between Jan. 4, 2015, and Nov. 23, 2023, drivers who did not move over on the road caused 1,696 car accidents in Florida, according to accident statistics from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) cited by the Tallahassee Democrat. Those accidents resulted in 8 deaths and 128 serious injuries.
Florida’s ‘Left Lane’ traffic law on the horizon
Along with the “Move Over” law, Florida lawmakers are considering adopting another law known as the “Left Lane” law or HB 317. If approved, HB 317 would impose fines and other penalties on drivers who remain in the left lane or passing lane on the highway.
“This creates a dangerous situation, when drivers unnecessarily camp out in the left lane,” Rep. Jenna Persons-Mulicka, R-Fort Myers, said in an interview with the Tallahassee Democrat. “It leads to blocking traffic flow, less predictability, more encounters, more passing maneuvers and more opportunities for accidents.”
"All of us who travel back and forth to Tallahassee experience frustration on the major highways and frustration caused by drivers impeding the flow of traffic in the left lane," Persons-Mulicka added.
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