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Do I Have to Move Over or Slow Down for a Tow-Truck on the Side of the Road With Its Lights Flashing?

YES, that is correct! It is called Florida’s Move Over Law, which was enacted in 2002, for the purpose of protecting first responders while performing their jobs.

The law includes tow-trucks, patrol cars, and any emergency vehicle stopped on the side of the road with its lights flashing.

Here is what you need to know if you see lights flashing ahead:

  • On a two-lane road, you are required to slow down 20 mph under the posted speed limit.
  • If the speed limit is 20 mph, you are required to slow to 5 mph.
  • On an interstate or a multiple lane road-way, you must move over a lane if safe to do so, or slow to 20 mph under the speed limit.


Violation of the Move Over Law can result in:

  • Putting yourself, passengers, and emergency personnel at serious risk.
  • Fines of around $150 and points on your driver’s license.

We at Meldon Law strongly believe that public education is the first step in the prevention of an accident or in the recovery from one.

We are experienced personal injury attorneys, trial attorneys, negotiators, litigators, paralegals, and staff that have been proudly working to get accident victims the justice they deserve for over 40 years in Gainesville, Ocala, Lake City, Inverness, and the rest of North Central Florida and North Florida. Accidents involving a car crash, truck wreck, and motorcycle, bicycle, or pedestrian accidents, dog bites, slip and falls, medical malpractice, and criminal defense are all included in our practice.

Based on Jeffrey Meldon’s, founder of Meldon Law, over 40 years of helping accident victims get justice and a fair shake from the insurance companies, he has written the consumer guide book, Seven Mistakes That Can Wreck Your Florida Accident Case. You can request your free, no obligation copy right now, or contact our office for your complimentary copy sent to you today.

Contact Meldon Law at 800-373-8000 immediately if you have been involved in a serious auto, truck, or motorcycle accident. We are in your community, have the experience and resources required to work towards obtaining a fair settlement for you – we are here to help you.

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