355 citations during 'Move Over' law crackdown

1:39 PM, Oct 22, 2013   |    comments
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(WUSA9) -- Maryland State Police say approximately 335 citations and 484 warnings were issued for violations of the "Move Over" law as part of a crackdown.

Monday, troopers were out on the roads making sure that drivers approaching a stopped emergency vehicle with its lights activated to switch to another lane not next to the emergency vehicle, if it's safe to do so. If it is not safe to move over, drivers are supposed to slow down as they pass the scene.

Tuesday, state police said preliminary results revealed that troopers made approximately 1,411 traffic stops during the 24-hour period. Approximately 335 citations and 484 warnings were issued for violations of the 'Move Over' law during that time.

Additionally, troopers made 20 criminal arrests while issuing an additional 476 citations and 409 warnings for other traffic violations, according to police. Police say there were 97 repairs orders issued as well.

Maryland State Police say violators can be fined $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.

The law is intended to reduce the chance that police officers, firefighters, and emergency rescue crews will be struck by a car while responding to an incident.

Maryland State Police say one trooper was struck and critically injured and another trooper's car was destroyed recently, prompting the decision to conduct "coordinated traffic initiatives" on Monday.

Trooper Jacqueline Kline was struck on Oct. 6 by a passing vehicle while helping another trooper on the shoulder of Rt. 100 in Anne Arundel County. Police say their preliminary investigation indicates the driver didn't move over as he passed the marked police cars with their emergency lights activated. Trooper Kline remains hospitalized in critical condition, according to Maryland State Police.

Maryland State Police also say while investigating a crash on I-695 in Baltimore County on Oct., 12, Trooper First Class Justin Updegraff's marked patrol car was destroyed when a driver didn't move over or slow down. Trooper Updegraff was not inside the car, and was not injured, say police.

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