Maryland's 'Move Over' Law To Expand October 1st

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Motorists in Maryland must move over when approaching emergency, law enforcement, tow truck, utility, and transportation vehicles while they are stopped, standing, or parked on a highway with their red, amber, or yellow lights flashing.

If it is not safe or feasible to move over, motorists must slow to a reasonable and prudent speed that is safe for existing weather, road, and vehicular or pedestrian traffic conditions.

Beginning October 1, 2022, the Move Over Law in Maryland will expand to 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 expanded law is in place to protect law enforcement, emergency responders, and any motorist that may encounter a roadside emergency and must stop near travel lanes.

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 is $750 and three points.

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  1. People born and raised here are the ones that seem to abide by this law, as far as the people I know anyway. It’s the people that have moved here from other places or people here visiting that just keep on getting it, at 10 or 15 over the speed limit, none the less. Again this is just my experience, I’m born and raised in St Mary’s Co and I have always slowed down and moved over and a lot of ppl I know from here do the same. Just like a lot of out of towners don’t pullover for funeral processions… Errrr… That pi$$es me off more than I can describe. It’s so unbelievably disrespectful!

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