Maryland’s ‘Move Over’ law to expand Oct. 1 to cover stopped cars with hazard lights and other caution signals

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Maryland State Trooper 1st Class Thomas Thelen walks to his car after speaking to a motorist he pulled over in March 2014 on Route 97 southbound. The driver failed to obey the "Move Over" law.

The state law that requires motorists to change lanes to avoid emergency vehicles is expanding Oct. 1 to cover any stopped vehicle showing warning signals.

Previously, Maryland drivers were required to move over for tow trucks, police cars and ambulances parked or stopped on a highway with flashing lights. A 2018 change to the law added a requirement to change lanes to avoid standing service vehicles.


Beginning in October, drivers must change lanes or slow down if a stopped vehicle on the road is displaying hazard warning lights, flares or caution signals like traffic cones. That goes for regular cars as well as police and emergency vehicles.

Failing to obey the law could cost $110 and add a point to your driver’s license. If a motorist causes a crash, the penalty increases to a $150 fine and three license points, and if a violation leads to someone’s death or serious injury, the fine is $750.