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Maryland Officials Plan Move Over Law Crackdown

Police will be on the lookout for violators along a major Maryland highway this week.

(Credit: Maryland State Police/YouTube)
(Credit: Maryland State Police/YouTube)
Many drivers have not gotten the message about providing a safe distance between their vehicles and emergency personnel since Maryland's "Move Over" law took effect in in 2010, so police are following up.

The Maryland Transportation Authority said its officers and Maryland State Police will be on the lookout for violators of the Move Over law Wednesday during a targeted enforcement initiative.

The Move Over law requires drivers approaching an emergency vehicle with visual signals activated to do the following:
  • Move into a lane not immediately adjacent to the emergency vehicle.
  • Slow down if it is not possible to move.
Violations of this law resulted in the death of a volunteer firefighter in Cecil County last October. That same month, a Maryland state trooper was injured during a traffic stop in Anne Arundel County and another trooper was hit on a traffic stop along Interstate 695 in Baltimore County due to violations of the law.

This week's enforcement operation will encompass the entirety of Interstate 95 in Maryland, according to the Maryland Transportation Authority, with Move Over patrols in effect from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Related:

Fire Captain Dies After Being Hit at Cecil County Crash Scene
Multiple Move Over Violations Recorded in 2013
Injured State Trooper Received Well Wishes from People She Ticketed

michael June 10, 2014 at 12:44 PM
so...was this driver supposed to move over more? I don't get it? Normally the office will go to the passenger window when on a highway like that..
Michelle June 10, 2014 at 01:54 PM
The people driving by are supposed to move over a lane or slow down. The law is not talking about the person being pulled over.
Bryan Harz June 11, 2014 at 08:03 AM
It's not that hard to move over or let off the gas. If you feel it's subjective just make an effort to do the right thing and you should be fine. On another note, I've seen so many people not move over for ambulance, fire trucks and police cars with sirens blazing it's downright ridiculous that folks are so self absorbed in their cars. And don't get me started on people that follow right behind emergency vehicles to pass everyone else who respectfully pull over. I see it in Baltimore city all the time. I guess they think they are "smart".
Sara June 11, 2014 at 08:55 AM
How about enforcing the "move over" law for people driving slower in the left lane?! Why is there a focus on picking and choosing which laws to enforce? How about you enforce all the safety traffic laws and not just one at a time? Fewer laws that actually have an impact - how about that?
Corina June 11, 2014 at 11:50 AM
I was just pulled over due to this and was fined $110. Yes, I agree with this move over law BUT I was on 95 and had no where to go. I did slow down but had to much traffic next to me to MOVE OVER. I also had tractor trailer behind me. I don't think this ticket was right and I had no choice but to stay in lane.

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