Maryland has recently expanded its “move over” laws to make this a primary offense with steep fines and points to encourage all drivers to be more aware of emergency and law enforcement officials on the side of the road.
Numerous injuries and fatalities among the State Police, local police and roadside assistance have provided momentum for the new laws which took effect October 1, 2014.
If you see emergency or law enforcement activity on the roadside, you are required to move one lane over when safe and possible, or to ‘slow to a reasonable and prudent speed that is safe for existing weather, road, and vehicular or pedestrian traffic conditions.’
It is important to remember that those on the roadside are putting themselves at risk to improve our safety on the road, or to help someone in need. Safe driving means being alert and aware of your surroundings, and watching for roadside activity so that you can see it well in advance and react appropriately.
First offense will result in a fine of $110 and one point. If the violation contributes to a traffic crash, the fine is $150 and three points. If the violation contributes to a traffic crash resulting in death or serious injury, the fine is $750 and three points.
Safe driving will save you money in the long run too! Fines and tickets are expensive- and your insurance rate will climb with more traffic violations. Keep your driving record clean and we can LOWER your insurance premium, putting more money in your pocket each month.