Reminder: Md. Move Over Law expands to all vehicles starting Saturday

MARYLAND – Maryland State Police are reminding motorists that the Move Over Law expands on Saturday, October 1st.

The expansion will require motorists to make a lane change or slow down when approaching any stopped, standing, or parked vehicle displaying warning signals including hazard warning lights, road flares, or other caution signals including traffic cones, caution signs, or non-vehicular warning signs.

The intent of the Move Over Law is to provide an extra barrier of safety for motorists, along with police officers, firefighters, emergency medical service personnel, and utility workers working on Maryland roads. The law aims to help drivers become more aware of police and emergency workers, as well as others stopped along the road, and move away from them or slow down as they pass by.

This movement should only be done if another lane in the same direction is available and the move can be made safely and without impeding other traffic. If moving to another lane away from the stopped vehicle is not possible, the law requires drivers to slow to a reasonable and prudent speed that is safe for existing weather, road, and vehicular or pedestrian traffic conditions.

Violating the law is a misdemeanor carrying a $110 fine and one point on your license. If the violation causes a crash, the fine is $150 and three points. If there is a death or serious injury, the fine increases to $750 and three points.

The original move over law went into effect in 2010, and in 2014, the law was expanded to not only include police cars but also tow trucks, fire trucks, and medical and rescue trucks. On October 1, 2018, the law expanded again to transportation, service, and utility vehicles, as well as waste and recycling trucks, with yellow or amber flashing lights or signal devices.

Maryland is now the eighth state in the U.S. to expand its move over law to include any vehicle on the side of the road with its hazard lights on or road flares displayed.

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