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Driver Strikes Florida Deputy Enforcing "Move Over" Law

June 30, 2014  | 

Photo: Sarasota County S.O. Facebook
Photo: Sarasota County S.O. Facebook

A Sarasota County, Fla., sheriff's deputy enforcing Florida's “Move Over” law received minor injuries when a passing driver who failed to obey that law struck his Sheriff's Office car.

Deputies cited 77-year-old Robert Best of Ellenton for a move over violation, failure to maintain lane and leaving the scene of an accident with property damage.

The Herald Tribune reported on Sunday, Deputy Chris Butler stopped a northbound car on Interstate 75 just south of Clark Road for a “move over” violation. Florida law requires drivers to either move one lane away from a stopped police or emergency vehicle with its lights on or slow to 20 mph below the speed limit.

A 2001 Cadillac driven by Best struck the driver's door of the sheriff's vehicle as Butler opened it, a report states. Best failed to stop and, after being pulled over by another traffic deputy, reportedly said he was not aware that he hit anything.


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