MARYLAND – Legislators have proposed a new way to crack down on drivers who do not follow the state’s “Move Over” law.
House Bill 130 and Senate Bill 319 were introduced as a set of bills. If passed, law enforcement agencies would be able to use a video and radar camera system to record drivers. This would be used when drivers don’t move over or slow down when an emergency vehicle is approaching or when police are pulled over on the side of the road.
47 ABC spoke with the Wicomico County Sheriff’s office and they say this could be useful in enforcing this specific law. “Sometimes a problem comes in to play if that officer, who witnesses it, is also in his or her own traffic stop. It makes enforcement sometimes problematic,” says Lt. Tim Robinson with the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office.
Lt. Robinson adds that if you can’t pull over for a safety reason, you should at least slow down. Right now, drivers who violate Maryland’s Move Over law may face a fine of up to $750. Lawmakers say this proposed legislation would be useful in court because officials could use these images as evidence.