Florida Highway Patrol: ‘Move Over’ or face stiff consequences

Florida Highway Patrol

A routine traffic stop can be anything but routine for emergency responders.  Since 1999, more than 200 law enforcement officers in the United States have died and thousands have been injured as a result of being on the side of the road doing their job and being hit by an oncoming vehicle, according to Colonel David Brierton of the Florida Highway Patrol on Tuesday.

During the month of January, FHP troopers and law enforcement officers throughout the state will increase their focus on making drivers aware of the state’s “Move Over” law. The law protects law enforcement officers, emergency workers and tow truck drivers who are stopped along Florida roadways in the performance of their duties.

“Florida’s Move Over law was enacted in 2002 to safeguard Florida’s emergency responders who are on the roadways working to protect you and your families,” stated Col. David Brierton, director of the Florida Highway Patrol, in a prepared release. “Abide by the ‘Move Over’ law and help us protect our emergency personnel and their families.”

Understanding Move Over:

·         Drivers must move over when a patrol car, emergency vehicle and/or tow truck is stopped on the side of a road with lights flashing.

·         If they cannot move over safely, drivers should slow down to a speed of 20 mph below the posted speed limit.

·         Always approach the emergency vehicle with caution.

Violating “Move Over” laws puts motorists and emergency responders at risk. In Florida, it can also result in a heavy fine and points on your driver license record.

Learn more about Florida’s “Move Over” law at http://www.flhsmv.gov/SafetyTips/MoveOverTips.htm.

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles provides highway safety and security through excellence in service, education and enforcement. The Department has lead the way to a safer Florida through the efficient and professional execution of its core mission: the issuance of driver licenses, vehicle tags and titles and operation of the Florida Highway Patrol.

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Broward Republican Party offers Supervisor of Elections evidence of deceased voters on Broward rolls

The Broward Republican Executive Committee (“BREC”) has determined that deceased people are still listed as “active” voters in Broward County, Florida.  This is according to the website of Dr. Brenda C. Snipes, the Broward County Supervisor of Elections. (“Broward SOE”)

BREC officials conducted a search of the Social Security Death Index (“SSDI”) for Broward County for the 2011 calendar year.  Said search was conducted through www.GeneaologyBank.com between May 13 and May 19, 2012.  The results revealed that 9,960 Broward County residents had passed away during the calendar year ending December 31, 2011. 

BREC officials then checked 2,100 of these names – without regard to party registration – against the Broward SOE’s web site.  481 deceased individuals cross-referenced by name, birth date, city or zip code were found to still be listed as “active” voters. This calculation represents 23 percent of the deceased persons examined.  

BREC officials undertook this detailed examination to help protect the integrity of the local election process. They are forwarding evidence to the Broward SOE of these 481 deceased yet still “active” voters so she has ample time to conduct a thorough investigation and remove the names of deceased voters from the registration rolls prior to the 2012 primary and general elections.  

All voters want a fair and honest election.  As an elected official herself, Broward Supervisor of Elections Dr. Brenda C. Snipes, must correct this oversight.  According to a prepared release, the Broward Republican Executive Committee will assist the Broward SOE on this fairly simple endeavor.

Chairman Richard DeNapoli will present these findings at tonight’s regularly scheduled monthly meeting of the Broward Republican Executive Committee.  The meeting starts at 7:00 PM at the Sheraton Suites Cypress Creek hotel located at 555 NW 62nd Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309.

Source materials will be available to the media.  

For further information, please contact Chairman Richard DeNapoli at 954-298-9121 or 954-941-7775. You may also visit the Broward Republican Party website at www.browardgop.org.