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Updated: 04/25/2013 08:00:11AM

Give us some room: Florida’s Move Over Law

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Bartow Police Chief Joseph Hall

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Recently in our state, there has been some media coverage on the number of officers, deputies and troopers that are injured and killed each year performing their jobs. I am not talking about the kind of excitement you see on television, but law enforcement officers that are struck by other vehicles while they are on the roadside.

There are many dangerous aspects of law enforcement, but a growing trend of danger is including firefighters, emergency medical personnel, tow truck operators and police. I am talking about conducting our jobs on the edges of the roadway. Each year, numerous emergency workers are injured and killed by other drivers due to lack of common sense when approaching a scene where emergency workers are present. This has become so prevalent that our Florida Legislature created a law to restrict such movement.

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