Today Has Been Designated as “Move Over Day”

May 16, 2019

Today, Thursday, May 16, 2019, has officially been designated as “Move Over Day”.

Troopers from all over the State of Maryland will be aggressively enforcing Move Over Law violations. As of today, 13 Law Enforcement Officers have been killed across the nation this year due to traffic-related incidents, as well as an unknown number of other Emergency Personnel and Tow Truck Operators.

The intent of the ‘move over’ law is to provide an extra barrier of safety for police officers, firefighters, and emergency rescue personnel working on Maryland roads.

The law requires drivers approaching from the rear of a stopped emergency vehicle with its lights activated, to change into an available lane not next to the emergency vehicle. This movement should only be done if safe to do so. When there is no available lane for drivers to move over into, such as on a single lane road, drivers are required to slow to a reasonable and prudent speed as they pass the emergency scene.

It is hoped this awareness initiative will remind drivers to be aware of police and emergency workers stopped on the roads and to move away from them or slow down as they pass by the traffic stop or incident scene.

Move Over Law violations carry a $110.00 fine with 1 point on your license. If the Move Over Law violation contributes to a serious accident and/or serious injury the violation is punishable by a $750.00 fine with 3 points on your license.

Move Over or Get Pulled Over. It’s the law.

7 Responses to Today Has Been Designated as “Move Over Day”

  1. Mr. Sarcastic on May 16, 2019 at 11:16 am

    I think they need brighter lights! Cant see them at night!

  2. Anonymous on May 16, 2019 at 12:27 pm

    Common sense to move over for ANY vehicle that is on the side of the road. The problem with this law is in my experience on Route 4 is people cram into the left lane AND slow down to 10-15 MPH under the limit thus creating bottleneck. With people abruptly changing lanes and slowing down quickly is a recipe for disaster… which could cause safety issues for emergency personnel instead of prevent it.

  3. Wiggy on May 17, 2019 at 3:19 am

    To the idiot drivers, read this law. It doesn’t mean you have to stop, it doesn’t mean YOU HAVE TO SWITCH lanes and stop traffic if there are multiple lanes trying to pass an accident, and it definitely should be amended so they can ticket you if you are a “rubbernecker” or a “Lookie Lou.” You’re not helping anything by being a nosey $OB.

    • Anonymous on May 17, 2019 at 12:30 pm

      Addendum: Green means GO! Stop sitting still on a green light! Stop making turns and switching lanes without using turn signals! Stop tailgating standard and commercial vehicles! Stop cutting off commercial vehicles at the last second and forcing the driver to slam on the brakes! Stop doing 65-75 in a 45mph zone! Stop trying to run over pedestrians in the crosswalk! Stop playing goody two shoes when you see a cop. If you were bold and brave enough to speed when you didn’t see a cop then you should have the b***s to do it in front of a cop.

  4. Anonymous on May 17, 2019 at 12:13 pm

    This is common sense. Every time I see a vehicle with hazard lights or red/yellow flashing lights (school buses, emergency vehicles, construction vehicles etc.) on I slow down and prepare to stop. Anybody who doesn’t shouldn’t have the privilege of driving.

  5. Anonymous on May 17, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    Yep, it’s important to give the cops space, but they should also give citizens space and stop unnecessary traffic stops. All you have to do is look at the headlines to see how much violent crime is happening in this area and wonder why cops spend waste time on minor traffic enforcement.

    • Wiggy on May 20, 2019 at 5:21 am

      Yeah! They should stop enforcing laws. Those silly cops.