Arundel police to publicize 'move over' law
The Anne Arundel County police will conduct a campaign over the next several months to inform drivers about Maryland's "move over" law -- adopted in 2010 to protect officers and first responders by the side of the road.
Police in the county will conduct special enforcement details on busy highways -- including Interstate 97, Route 2 and Route 10, to educate motorists about the law, which passed the General Assembly without a great deal of fanfare in the spring of 2010.
The law, which mirrors those in many other states, require drivers to move over to an open lane farther from the site of a traffic stop if possible. A driver who can't make a lane shift is required to slow to a "reasonable and prudent" speed while passing flashing lights at the scene of a traffic stop or roadside emergency.
Anne Arundel police spokesman Justin Mulcahy said the primary purpose is educational.
"It just seems like a lot of people are unaware of it," he said.
As part of the operation, officers will issue warnings and pass out brochures informing drivers about the law's requirements. However, Mulcahy said, they are not ruling out writing tickets for violations.
The law is intended to make sure drivers keep a safe distance from first responders working alongside the road. According to county Police Chief James Teare Sr., law enforcement officers in the United States are killed every year in crashes during traffic stops.