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Friday, December 10, 2010 MOVE OVER ……….. it’s the law

To help protect Emergency Services Personnel like Fireman, EMT’s and Police Officers, the State of Maryland has enacted a new “Move Over” law effective October 1, 2010.

This law requires ALL drivers to “Move Over,” if possible, when they are approaching an incident scene of vehicles with Flashing Emergency Lights activated. The intent is to provide an extra barrier of safety for our Personnel working on or in proximity of the roads.

It is hoped that drivers become more aware of our Emergency Personnel by moving away from them or slowing down sufficiently to allow passing the incident with highest regard for safety in place.

The new law requires ALL drivers approaching Emergency Vehicles, with their lights flashing, from the rear to “make a lane change into an available lane not immediately adjacent to the emergency vehicle.” This movement should be done only if another lane in the same direction is available and the move can be made safely and without impeding other traffic. If moving to another lane away from the Emergency Vehicle is not possible, the law requires ALL drivers to “SLOW TO A REASONABLE AND PRUDENT SPEED THAT IS SAFE FOR FOR EXISTING WEATHER, ROAD, VEHICULAR OR PEDESTRIAN CONDITIONS.”

KEEP OUR EMERGENCY PERSONNEL SAFE

MOVE OVER or at least SLOW DOWN

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