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A look at Maryland's 'Move Over' laws

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Posted at 11:29 AM, Jul 10, 2017
and last updated 2019-01-02 13:12:44-05

Maryland’s "Move Over" laws require drivers to give police and emergency vehicles room when stopped on the highway.

The law states that if you see an emergency vehicle ahead of you—using visual signals while stopped on the highway—you must move over and leave a lane clear in between you and the emergency vehicle. If you cannot move over you must slow down to a safe speed.

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The original law went into effect in 2010. In 2014, the law was expanded to not only include police cars but also, tow trucks, fire trucks and medical and rescue trucks as well.

Violating the law comes with a fine of $110 and one point. If the violation leads to a crash, the fine is $150 and three points. If someone dies or is injured in that crash, the fine is $750 and three points.

Maryland State Police are investigating after a deadly crash north of the Millard Tydings Bridge in Cecil County Sunday morning.

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According to police, a driver later identified as Eric Schlerf, 37, of Bel Air was traveling north on I-95 when he lost control of his car and hit a tow truck, pedestrian and another vehicle.

The victim identified as Brian Williams, 51 of Cecil County, was pronounced dead at the scene. Williams worked as a tow-truck driver and is a member of the Community Fire Company of Perryville.