Hey, Maryland Motorists: Move Over on I-95 Today!

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via nbcwashington.com

Maryland State Police will be patrolling I-95 today from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. looking for violations of our nearly four-year-old “Move Over” law.

The law requires a driver approaching a stopped emergency vehicle to “make a lane change into an available lane not immediately adjacent to the emergency vehicle.”  If it’s not possible to move over safely, the driver must “slow to a reasonable and prudent speed that is safe for existing weather, road, and vehicular or pedestrian traffic conditions.” So, basically, move over or slow down.

The law went has been in effect since 2010. But we’ve continued to see the death and injury of emergency personnel after being struck by cars on the side of the road. The Maryland Transit Authority hopes this targeted enforcement initiative will help make “move over” part of the culture.

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  1. Sounds like a good law, but as informed as I am (generally very informed), I’ve never even heard of it. Which leads to the old “if I haven’t heard of this, who has?” Thanks for getting the word out.

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