Florida, along with forty-two other states, has adopted “move over” laws. These laws were designed to protect police officers and emergency workers as they work on the sides of busy highways and interstates. Florida law states that if it is safe, vehicles should move one lane over from a stopped police car or other emergency vehicles. If it is not possible to move over, drivers should slow down to 20 m.p.h. below the posted speed limit. The law also states that when being approached by an emergency vehicle with sirens and lights flashing, the motorist should yield the right of way to the emergency vehicle by pulling over to the right.
News 4 Jax reports that a Florida State Trooper has been injured in a wreck on Interstate 95.
The crash happened Sunday night just after 9 p.m.
Trooper Ahkem Jordan was helping with a lane closure on the north side of Jacksonville. A Chevy Silverado slammed into the back of Jordan’s cruiser.
The driver of the truck, identified as 31-year-old Aaron Klausman, stated that he did not see the trooper’s vehicle. He also said that he did not see signs warning of the lane closure.
According to the report, charges are pending.
Traffic had to be rerouted to the Golfair Boulevard exit while the roadway was cleared and the incident was investigated.
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