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Professional Wrecker Operators of Florida Sponsors Slow Down or Move Over Billboards

Feb 15th, 2019 | By | Category: Spotlight

As a safety initiative for towing operators in the Sunshine State, the Professional Wrecker Operators of Florida (PWOF) have sponsored billboards that advise motorists to observe Florida’s Move Over law.

The billboards are currently in Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville and South Florida.

The law requires motorists to move over a lane — when it’s safe to do so — for stopped law enforcement, tow trucks, emergency, sanitation and utility service vehicles. If moving over is not possible, or when on a two-lane road, the motorist must slow to a speed that is 20 mph less than the posted speed limit. If the posted speed limit is 20 mph or less, the law requires drivers to slow to five mph.

Violation of the law results in a fine, court fees and points on the motorist’s driving record.

While the billboard’s message is to slow down or move over, the main objective, says PWOF Executive Director Mike Seamon, is for motorists to simply be aware when they approach a tow operator at work on the roadside. If they are aware of the operator, the higher the chances they will take steps to avoid him or her.

The Florida Department of Transportation plans to include the move over billboards in an upcoming Traffic Incident Management presentation.

For more information about the Professional Wrecker Operators of Florida visit www.pwof.org.