Police begin new effort to enforce Maryland's 'Move Over' law

BALTIMORE - Slow down and move over.  It's simple, and it could save a life.

That's the message state troopers will be pushing today along a major Maryland highway.

The law requires you to make a safe lane change if you can or at least slow down when you see emergency vehicles on the side of the road.

Today, police will be out enforcing the law on the entire stretch of I-95. The law went into effect back in 2010, and it applies to police officers, firefighters, medical personnel and even tow truck drivers . There is even a push to try and include state highway workers into the law as well following multiple roadside deaths.

The law caught a lot of attention last October when 24-year-old state trooper Jacqueline Kline was struck and critically injured on the side of Route 100 in Anne Arundel County.

Around that time, the number of drivers ticketed for breaking the move over law skyrocketed . In October and November of last year, 1,300 people each month were cited.

"I think what we're trying to do, we're trying to educate the public through media as well as through actually stopping people and citing them and warning them for their violations,” said Sgt. Marc Black with the Maryland State Police.

Police said since the initial surge in citations, the number has decreased in recent months. State police say one possible explanation is that more people are becoming aware of the law and are moving over.

 

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