Maryland’s expanded ‘Move Over Law’ kicked off on Monday.
The law now also expands to include transportation, service and utility vehicles, as well as waste and recycling trucks, with amber flashing lights or emergency lights activated. Police say drivers coming up any one of the vehicles mentioned should move over a lane if safe to do so and should slow down to at least 10 to 15 miles an hour under the posted speed.
Law enforcement officials are hoping this law will help protect people like Corporal Bell who was hit while sitting in his cruiser at a construction site on I-70 westbound Sunday night, suffering injuries.
“I’m more concerned about the traffic approaching me from the rear, so that would be my main concern,” said Senior Trooper William Talbert of the Maryland State Police. “We do have a lot of officers getting struck and getting killed due to traffic related accidents than we do for assaults.”
If you receive a citation, it’s $110 and a one point violation on your driver’s license.