Released on September 24, 2018 - 12:56pm

 

 

 

MEDIA ADVISORY

CONTACTS:

AAA Mid-Atlantic:  Ragina C. Averella: 443.465.5020 (cell), Christine Delise: 443.244.7253 (cell)

Office of Communications, State Highway Administration: 410-545-0303 (office), 443-463-8816 (cell)

 

September 24, 2018

MOVE OVER, IT’S THE LAW!

Move Over Law Includes Service Vehicles (Yellow/ Amber Lights) Effective October 1

WHAT:      Move Over Law Updates Take Effect October 1, 2018.  Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration, AAA and Maryland State Police are partnering in communicating new updates to Maryland’s Move Over Law, which now includes service vehicles.

WHO:        Greg Slater, Administrator, Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration

Kevin Reigrut, Executive Director, Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA)

Craig A. Moe, Mayor, City of Laurel

Ragina Cooper Averella, Public and Government Affairs Manager, AAA Mid-Atlantic

Daniel C. Pickett, Capitan, Maryland State Police, Washington Metro Troop Commander

 

WHEN:      Wednesday, September 26 at 11:00 a.m.

 

WHERE:   I-95 North Welcome Center, Laurel, MD 20763

 

                    Directions traveling from Baltimore south on I-95:

                    Exit 35A (Rt. 216 East, Laurel). Stay in right lane off exit ramp.  Take I-95 North entrance ramp.  Rest area on right – 1 mile.

                    At rest area entrance bear left for Truck Parking.

 

WHY:        Effective October 1, 2018, the Move Over law will add protection for drivers of service vehicles (yellow/ amber lights).  New vehicles include MDOT SHA bucket and dump trucks, AAA battery trucks, utility trucks, and waste and recycling vehicles.

• The original Move Over Law became effective in 2010 with protection for vehicles with red lights including law enforcement, emergency medical services and MDOT SHA CHART Emergency Response vehicles.  In 2014, the law expanded to include tow truck drivers.

• Despite having these laws in place, unfortunately emergency responders and roadside service personnel face dangerous conditions as they conduct business on the roadways with close calls experienced daily.

• According to a national poll by Mason Dixon Polling & Research, sponsored by the National Safety Commission, 71 percent of Americans have not heard of move-over laws.

 

VISUALS: Emergency and service equipment and respective uniformed personnel. Testimonials available.

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