May 16 Designated as Move Over Day in MarylandMay 16, 2019
Today, May 16, is Move Over Day in Maryland. The day is intended to bring public awareness to this important and life-saving initiative. All 50 states have some form of Move Over law to ensure that work or service vehicles stopped alongside roadways will stay safe when drivers pass them. According to the National Safety Commission, more than 70 percent of motorists across the country acknowledged that they were unaware of the law.
Originally, the law in Maryland only covered law enforcement and emergency vehicles, but was later extended to include all types of work and service vehicles. This includes workers such as trash collectors, transit operators, and more who may be inside the vehicle or exiting to perform a task. The intent of the law is to reduce the number of fatalities associated with these types of crashes.
What Drivers Must Do
When drivers approach a work or service vehicle from the rear, especially one that is stopped or parked on the road with lights flashing, they must move over to another lane. If this is not possible because there is no lane to move to or traffic precludes the maneuver, drivers must slow down to a safe speed to ensure that the vehicle and any occupants remain unharmed. Driving too close to a vehicle stopped for work purposes could put the workers at-risk for serious injuries or even fatalities. In the past few years, the Maryland State Highway Administration lost three employees who were working at the time due to these types of fatal motor vehicle accidents.
Consequences of Failing to Move Over
Drivers who fail to move over when approaching a stopped or parked vehicle will receive consequences. Under the law, the violation is classified as a misdemeanor. Drivers will receive a fine of $110 and accrue a point against their driver’s license by the Motor Vehicle Administration. If an accident results from the violation, the driver will receive a fine of $150 and accrue three points against their drivers’ license. A $750 fine will follow any serious injuries or fatalities that arise from the crash as well as three points.
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