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Bill Would Require Drivers To Move Over For Utility Workers

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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami) – A bill filed for the 2014 Florida legislative session would force drivers to slow down or move over a lane when approaching a utility truck on the side of a road, according to the News Service of Florida.

A similar law already exists for emergency vehicles parked on roadsides. The current law requires motorists to move over a lane, or slow down to a speed that is 20 mph less than the posted speed limit.

The new law was filed by Okaloosa Republican Senator Greg Evers said utility crews often work during storms and other severe weather and need the added protection.

“Those folks that, especially during storms, are trying to get our power and our utilities back up, we should give them the ability that they are not worrying about dodging cars,” Evers said.

A House version of Evers’ bill has yet to be filed.

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