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TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 25: Police direct traffic as roads are blocked off in preparation for the Republican National Convention being held at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on August 25, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. The convention starts the week of August 27th. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Florida Highway Patrol is trying to get people in Tampa Bay to understand something about small accidents…

— GET OUT OF THE ROAD!

If your car is able to drive, you can get off an exit or head to the nearest parking lot and wait for the cops there.

If not, it causes traffic and a… pile up. The worst!

According to ABC Action News:

“A lot of people assume that once a crash occurs, you have to wait right there and you must remain in the lane,” said Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Steve Gaskins. “That’s false.”

Gaskins says drivers are required by state law to clear the roadway and find a safe place to pull over if they are able to do so.

[Source: ABC ACTION NEWS]