Wednesday, November 12, 2014 It’s The Law, that you MUST move over or Slow to a safe speed when emergency equipment is operating on the roadways. There are numerous accidents across the nation that cause injury and even death due to drivers not paying attention. We do not want or Fire, E.M.S. crews, or even the Police to become another statistic. So when you are driving and see them flashing lights just remember that the emergency personnel have families that want to see again. Remember We are there for YOUR safety, so PLEASE keep our safety in mind.
Under Maryland Vehicle Law, emergency vehicles are defined as:
-Vehicles of federal, state, or local law enforcement agencies;
-Vehicles of volunteer fire companies, rescue squads, fire departments, the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems, and the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute;
-State vehicles used in response to oil or hazardous materials spills;
-State vehicles designated for emergency use by the Commissioner of Correction;
-Special vehicles funded or provided by federal, state, or local government and used for emergency or rescue purposes in Maryland.
Violation of the ‘move over’ law is a primary offense with a fine of $110 and one point. If the violation contributes to a traffic crash, the fine is $150 and three points. If the violation contributes to a traffic crash resulting in death or serious injury, the fine is $750 and three points.