Maryland’s ‘Move Over’ Law Will Expand Again in October

by MCS Staff
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Based on a recent bill (SB0147) signed into law by Governor Larry Hogan on April 21, Maryland’s “Move Over” law will expand once again on October 1, 2022. In Maryland, the law was originally enacted in October 2014 requiring motorists to move over for emergency vehicles, law enforcement vehicles and tow trucks. The law was expanded in 2019 to include service vehicles such as transportation, service and utility vehicles, as well as waste and recycling trucks that have their lights flashing.

The expanded law that will be enacted on October 1st, later this year, will require a driver to make a lane change or slow the speed of their vehicle when approaching from the rear any stopped, standing or parked vehicle displaying hazard warning lights, road flares or other caution signals including traffic cones, caution signs or non-vehicular warning lights. The expanded law is aimed toward protecting all road users.

Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police Chief Col. Kevin M. Anderson said in a statement to WMAR, “Almost every officer can remember a scene where a vehicle failed to move over and passed within inches of them at highway speeds. Our safety is dependent on drivers doing the right thing – moving over when possible or slowing down to a speed that will keep everyone safe.”

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7 comments

bayman May 8, 2022 - 1:29 pm

Then they need to stop officers from letting people cheat on their drivers test in the DMV. It’s been a while but I have seen officers let people cheat on their drivers test. Put a camera in that section and maybe you will catch them.

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Brenda Schreiber May 9, 2022 - 12:46 pm

Move over law should include cars who don’t move over and cause other vehicles to pass them from a lane to the left…this causes slow downs, back ups and accidents.

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Chantel Divine May 9, 2022 - 6:18 pm

I totally agree… This is what I say all the time it messes up the flow of traffic.

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Kristie May 10, 2022 - 12:30 am

Thank you! Yes!! I yell this from my car all the time but no one seems to hear me. Lol
Two possible reasons for this behavior:
1) There are people who have a compulsion to control other people so they feel stronger. They love to shake their fist at someone behind them, whether they are tailgating or not.
2) They just aren’t paying attention.
I don’t know which is worse!

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Brenda Schreiber May 9, 2022 - 12:47 pm

Move over law should include cars who don’t move over and cause other vehicles to pass them from a lane to the right…this causes slow downs, back ups and accidents.

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Stephen A May 10, 2022 - 10:15 am

Slow Down Move Over needs to enforced. It’s a shame how many people zoom past anyone on the shoulder. With no regards to their safety. Just worried about getting to their destination. To those saying this law should also include slow drivers blocking traffic, that’s another law completely. It’s called impeding the flow of traffic. That needs to be enforced also.

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Nan Martin May 10, 2022 - 11:52 am

Understand allowing drivers to heed to emergency vehicles, etc. Would you also require use of TURN SIGNALS before before making a turn or changing lanes. Drivers make a dangerous mistake not giving other motorists enough reaction time to slow their speed to accommodate the slowing driver.

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