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Maryland’s slow-down/move-over law takes effect this weekend

September 30th, 2022 by WCBC Radio

WBAL reports a new Maryland law takes effect this weekend that requires motorists to move over when any vehicle is on the side of the road displaying hazards or flares. The state's newly expanded "Move Over" law takes effect Saturday, and officials with AAA said it will save lives…


Maryland is the eighth state in the nation to expand the slow-down/move-over law to include any vehicle on the side of the road with its hazard lights on or road flares displayed — not just for emergency vehicles, service vehicles and tow trucks…

According to data from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, 566 people were killed and more than 14,000 were injured between 2016 and 2018 in accidents involving a disabled vehicle when visibility was an issue. It's why AAA hopes the new law will help.