Sponsored Content: Under current Maryland law, drivers who see an emergency vehicle with flashing lights on the side of the road are required to slow down or move one lane over, if possible, to afford more room to those emergency workers. The goal of the law is to provide conditions that are as safe as possible for first responders. A new law that is being proposed would expand those “move over” protections to nearly all service vehicles, including mowers and trash trucks.
At a hearing on the proposed legislation, lawmakers heard testimony from other state employees whose jobs regularly put them in close proximity to traffic, who testified to regular close calls as well as serious injuries to co-workers due to the poor decisions of drivers.
“A driver that fails to observe the ‘move over’ law in Maryland faces the possibility of fines and points on their license,” said Oleg Fastovsky, a Baltimore Traffic Crimes attorney with the law firm of Price Benowitz, LLP. If the law is expanded, drivers will have to make themselves aware of all of the covered organizations and workers to ensure that they do not unnecessarily expose themselves to punishment and fines.
Drivers should also be aware of the fact that the “move over” law as currently constituted includes the requirement that drivers pull over and come to a complete stop upon the approach from the rear of an emergency vehicle that has its lights and sirens running. Failure to observe this rule could not only impede first responders from reaching an emergency but could expose the driver to fines and punishment as well.
In each of these rules, drivers are directed to use good judgment in executing any of these maneuvers, meaning that if you are cited for failing to observe one of these traffic laws and you believe that you were incorrectly charged because the situation did not allow for a reasonable opportunity to move over or reduce speed, you may have an argument in favor of being found not guilty. However, competent and experienced counsel is necessary to ensure that these argument are appropriately made in your favor.
About the sponsor: Maryland Criminal Defense Attorney Oleg Fastovsky received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Towson University. Attorney Fastovsky studied law at the University Of Baltimore School Of Law where he graduated magna cum laude and in the top 10% of his law school class. This sponsored content is provided by Maryland Criminal Defense Attorney Oleg Fastovsky with Price Benowitz LLP.
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