Q: Am I to move over when tow trucks are on the shoulder of the road?
Maryland is known for a lot of things, but safe and courteous driving isn’t one of them. In fact, many out-of-towners are taken aback by how fast and aggressive our residents are when behind the wheel.
Unfortunately, this trait is known all too well by many who work on the side of the road, particularly tow truck drivers. In fact, in 2010, tow truck driver James Schreiber was fatally struck in a hit-and-run accident on Route 100 when he was trying to help a disabled vehicle on the shoulder. Additionally, Corporal Brian Hirsch was injured in September, 2014, in College Park at a traffic stop—because of a driver who drove on the shoulder of the road.
Who You May Not Have Known the Law Protects
The Maryland Move Over Law, instated on October 1, 2014, was heavily publicized as protecting police officers and other emergency service personnel. However, motorists are required to pull over for others on the road shoulders, including:
- Tow truck drivers. Motorists are required to move over one lane away from the shoulder when tow truck drivers are there. Failure to do so will result in a $110 fine and one point on your license. If the violation contributes to a crash, drivers will face $150 in fines and two points on their licenses. If the driver causes an accident that results in death or serious injuries, the motorist will receive a $750 fine and three points on his or her license.
- Bicyclists. Maryland drivers are also to pass bicyclists and those on motor scooters and electric personal assistive mobility devices at a distance of no less than three feet. Exceptions are made when the road isn’t big enough to allow such a move, and if the conveyance operator is not obeying the law.
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