Florida Road Ranger Stresses Move-Over Law After Fatal Collision on I-4 in Lakeland
LAKELAND, FL. – According to a news story reported online at wfla.com, a Florida Road Ranger is stressing the importance of the state’s move-over law after being involved in an accident on Interstate 4 in Lakeland, Florida, that claimed the life of one person. The Road Ranger and his colleagues in emergency response say the law is meant to keep responders and motorists safe.*
The Road Ranger found himself in a situation that exemplifies the reason Florida has a move-over law, when he was assisting a stranded motorist on I-4 outside of Lakeland. He was back inside his truck, doing paperwork while stopped on the shoulder and sitting behind the car he had been helping. Suddenly, a passing minivan slammed into the back of his truck.
WFLA states that the impact forced the truck into the car in front of it, and the crash caused the tragic death of the minivan driver. A passenger in the minivan also sustained serious injuries, according to the report. The Road Ranger and driver of the car were not seriously injured, but the Road Ranger said he believed that his truck taking the brunt of the impact saved the life of the car’s driver.
The Road Ranger and his colleagues, like Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Mary Godino, say that drivers need to obey the move-over law by changing lanes and slowing down when they see responders on the side of the road.
“We need room to work,” Godino said. “If this is three lanes out here, there’s plenty of room for you to move over.”
More than 200 vehicle crashes occurred in Florida in 2018 because of drivers failing to move over.
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