Admit it, you’ve thought about it? You’re stuck in traffic and the express toll lane next to you is completely empty. What’s the harm, you think? The pole next to you is missing, almost daring you to dart into the lane. The guy in front of you just did it and nothing seemed to happen to him.
Wait! Think for a second. Trust me, it’s not worth it.
Even if 99 out of 100 times nothing would happen to you, the reality is you’re playing with fire. Cars in the express lane average 60 plus miles an hour and you are at a dead stop. Just because you don’t see a car coming doesn’t mean there isn’t a car coming and doesn’t mean you would be able to get up to speed fast enough to avoid getting rear ended. . .or worse.
Well, the Department of Transportation is trying to eliminate the temptation and perhaps save your life. Starting tomorrow, they will be removing the poles that are flimsy looking and too far apart and replacing them with sturdier poles and placing them closer together, so your car can’t squeeze through.
Additionally, the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) will now have a designated spot to pull you over if you are doing something illegal in those lanes. Apparently, in the past, there was no safe spot to pull people over, so you may have gotten lucky in the past.
As a result of all these changes, the FHP has announced they will begin cracking down on lane divers, which can result in a hefty fine and points on your license.
If you get caught and want to fight back, no worries, we’re here for you. Just give us a call and we’ll be happy to give you a FREE consultation at 866-374-8355.