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Safety reminder: Disabled vehicles must be removed from roadways

Posted: 2:07 PM, Sep 10, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-10 14:07:47-04
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CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- As part of a "Traffic Tuesday" campaign, police are reminding drivers of the importance of removing disabled vehicles from the roadway for the safety of yourself and other drivers.

Cape Coral Police say that according to state statute, whenever a vehicle is disabled on any street or highway within the state, or for any reason obstructs the regular flow of traffic, the driver shall move the vehicle so as not to obstruct the regular flow of traffic. Or, if he or she cannot move the vehicle alone, solicit help and move the vehicle so as not to obstruct the regular flow of traffic.

Any person failing to comply with the provisions of this section shall be cited for a non-moving violation ($113).

If your vehicle breaks down and becomes completely disabled you are required to solicit help.

Here are some suggestions:

  • Pull off the road as far and safely as possible.
  • Please turn your flasher lights on.
  • You can call the local Police Department.
  • If you are capable to push the car off the roadway by yourself and it can be done safely, please do so.
  • If you are attempting to push your own car, there is a chance someone will give you a hand.
  • Get an emergency kit that has jumper cables and reflective devices to let other drivers know that you are broken down.
  • You can also call a tow truck. If you have AAA, please call them.
  • You can also call a friend to come help.
  • Please be careful getting out of your car. Other drivers might not see you.
  • Please do not leave your vehicle unattended and disabling traffic. If you do this, I can guarantee you that the Police Department will call a tow truck and tow you car.
  • Please be careful in whichever decision you make.