Maryland State Police crackdown focuses on 'move over' law

PIKESVILLE - Maryland State Police are cracking down on drivers who fail to move over or slow down for emergency vehicles.

"The problem that we're having now is that we're having to split our attention between the violator that [we] have in front of us, and the traffic pattern behind us. That just makes our job twice as hard," said Maryland State Police Lt. Wes Lutz.

The law requires drivers approaching a stopped emergency vehicle with its lights activated, to move out of the lane next to the emergency vehicle or slow down, if it isn't safe to move over.

"They violated; they could've moved over. They violated; didn't slow down. They violated; didn't slow down." said Lutz watching several vehicles break the law, adding only a handful of cars out of nearly 40 will abide by the law.

The increased enforcement comes after Trooper Jacqueline Kline was struck and critically injured on the scene of a traffic stop and a second trooper's patrol car was destroyed in a crash.

"The old saying, 'Oh, that'll never happen to me.' When it hits home, it hits you like a ton of bricks in the head," said Lutz referring to Kline.

Police warn that special enforcement operations will be active across the state. A violation is a primary offense and could mean a fine of $110 and one point.

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