New Florida laws for drivers, breastfeeding moms, campers, shoppers are now in effect

As the new year rolls in, Florida has introduced a series of laws that significantly impact the lives of drivers, breastfeeding mothers, campers, and shoppers. These laws, signed by Governor Ron DeSantis, cover a wide array of public life aspects, from traffic safety to child protection, and are set to bring about noticeable changes in the daily routines of Florida residents and visitors.

One of the most prominent changes is the expansion of Florida’s “Move Over” law. The law now requires drivers to move over not only for stopped emergency vehicles, sanitation vehicles, utility service vehicles, and construction vehicles but also for disabled vehicles displaying hazard lights, emergency flares, or emergency signage.

The significance of this law is underscored by its emphasis on safety for both public service professionals and ordinary citizens facing vehicle difficulties. Violations of this law carry fines ranging from $60 to $158, a measure that underscores the state’s commitment to road safety​​​​.

In addition to traffic safety, the new legislation includes a unique provision for state park campsite reservations. Beginning this year, Florida residents will be given priority in booking cabins, campsites, and RV spots at state parks.

They can now make reservations 11 months in advance, whereas non-residents have to wait until 10 months out. This change is likely to have a considerable impact on camping enthusiasts and could encourage more in-state tourism​​.

Furthermore, new ethics requirements for public officials have been established, mandating local elected officials to disclose their financial dealings. This legislation extends the existing requirement for financial disclosure that already applies to higher-level officials such as the governor and lawmakers.

It’s worth noting that this law has led to a significant number of resignations across the state, particularly in the Tampa Bay area, indicating its profound impact on the political landscape​​.

Also noteworthy is the introduction of the “Protect Our Loved Ones” Act, which authorizes law enforcement to maintain a database named the “Persons with Disabilities Registry”. This registry includes vital information such as the individual’s name, contact details, and relevant disabilities or conditions, aiming to improve interactions between police and individuals with disabilities​​.

Finally, the state has implemented changes to its bail and pretrial detention systems. The new legislation tightens pretrial release options for certain felony offenders based on their criminal history and requires the Florida Supreme Court to establish a bond schedule, restricting lower courts from setting bail amounts lower than those specified in the schedule​​.

Overall, these new laws reflect Florida’s commitment to enhancing public safety, promoting transparency in governance, and prioritizing the needs of its residents. As these laws come into effect, they are expected to bring significant changes to various aspects of life in Florida.