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Maryland’s Move Over law set to take effect

September 26th, 2018 by WCBC Radio

Today the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) State Highway Administration and AAA Mid-Atlantic joined partners including the Maryland Transportation Authority, Maryland State Police, the City of Laurel Mayor and other emergency and public service agencies at the I-95 Laurel Rest Area to announce Maryland’s expanded Move Over law, which takes effect October 1.

Maryland’s Move Over law expands to now include transportation, service and utility vehicles, as well as waste and recycling trucks, with yellow or amber flashing lights or signal devices. These vehicles join the list of protected vehicles under the State’s current Move Over law, which include emergency response and law enforcement vehicles, as well as tow trucks.

The law requires drivers approaching (from the rear) one of these vehicles with red, yellow or amber flashing lights that is stopped, standing or parked along the highway to, when possible, move over a lane.  This movement should only be done if another lane in the same direction is available and the move can be made safely and without impeding other traffic. 

If the driver is unable to make a lane change, the law requires drivers to slow to a reasonable and prudent speed that is safe for existing conditions while passing the emergency or service vehicles. 

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