Move Over law expanded this month for service vehicles

LAUREL — The State Highway Administration and AAA Mid-Atlantic have announced that Maryland’s expanded Move Over law has taken effect.

According to a news release, as of Oct. 1, Maryland’s Move Over law was expanded to include transportation, service and utility vehicles, as well as waste and recycling trucks, with yellow or amber flashing lights or signal devices. These vehicles join the list of protected vehicles under the state’s current Move Over law, which include emergency response and law enforcement vehicles, as well as tow trucks.

The law requires drivers approaching from the rear any of these vehicles stopped along the highway with red, yellow or amber flashing lights to move over a lane when possible. This movement should only be done if another lane in the same direction is available and the move can be made safely and without impeding other traffic, the release states..

If the driver is unable to make a lane change, the law requires drivers to slow to a reasonable and prudent speed that is safe for existing conditions while passing the emergency or service vehicles.

“Safety is our number one priority. Our employees work alongside active roadways, daily and with every glance away from the road, each time a driver reads a text message, answers a phone call, or fails to move over their safety is jeopardized. Please move over to help ensure a safer work environment for our employees,” said Gregory Slater, administrator of the State Highway Administration, in a statement.

The SHA has lost members of its work family to drivers who have erroneously steered into work areas including: Eddie Gilyard, who was killed in November 2013 while working on the shoulder of I-695 near Belair Road in Baltimore County, and Rick Moser, who was struck and killed along a I-270 ramp in 2007. In Howard County, contractor Erick Meekins was killed in June 2013 while setting up cones on state Route 216 near U.S. Route 29 in Howard County.

This spring and summer there were severe crashes and close calls including RJO Landscaping employees who narrowly escaped injury when their landscaping crew was struck on I-83.

AAA Mid-Atlantic was a vocal advocate in Annapolis for the original passage of move over legislation and for the subsequent inclusion of tow trucks and most recently service vehicles. The new law means AAA battery truck drivers will also be afforded protections, as they assist disabled motorists.

Ragina Cooper Averella, manager of public and government affairs at AAA Mid-Atlantic, offered the organization’s thanks to Del. Anne Healey, D-22-Prince George’s, and the late state Sen. Wayne Norman, R-35-Harford, for sponsoring the legislation.

“AAA Mid-Atlantic was a proud advocate of this law, as we recognize the importance of having service truck drivers included in move over laws, since they face the same dangers as first responders and tow truck operators when conducting business on the side of our roadways,” Averella said.

Despite having the laws, unfortunately, law enforcement officers, tow truck operators and others continue to be killed as they conduct business on the roadways, the release states. Motor vehicle-related incidents are consistently the leading cause of work-related fatalities in the United States.

According to a national poll by Mason Dixon Polling and Research, sponsored by the National Safety Commission, 71 percent of Americans have not heard of move over laws, the release states. As of Sept. 10, the total number of citations issued to violators of the move over law since its inception Oct. 1, 2010, were 19,620, with 64,345 warnings issued. This year alone 1,269 citations have been written and 5,273 warnings issued.

A violation of the Move Over law is a misdemeanor. The fine is $110 and the Motor Vehicle Administration will assess one point against the driver’s license. If the violation contributes to a crash, the fine is $150 and three points against the driver’s license. If the violation results in death or serious bodily injury, the fine is $750.

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Move Over law expanded this month for service vehicles

LAUREL — The State Highway Administration and AAA Mid-Atlantic have announced that Maryland’s expanded Move Over law has taken effect.

According to a news release, as of Oct. 1, Maryland’s Move Over law was expanded to include transportation, service and utility vehicles, as well as waste and recycling trucks, with yellow or amber flashing lights or signal devices. These vehicles join the list of protected vehicles under the state’s current Move Over law, which include emergency response and law enforcement vehicles, as well as tow trucks.

The law requires drivers approaching from the rear any of these vehicles stopped along the highway with red, yellow or amber flashing lights to move over a lane when possible. This movement should only be done if another lane in the same direction is available and the move can be made safely and without impeding other traffic, the release states..

If the driver is unable to make a lane change, the law requires drivers to slow to a reasonable and prudent speed that is safe for existing conditions while passing the emergency or service vehicles.

“Safety is our number one priority. Our employees work alongside active roadways, daily and with every glance away from the road, each time a driver reads a text message, answers a phone call, or fails to move over their safety is jeopardized. Please move over to help ensure a safer work environment for our employees,” said Gregory Slater, administrator of the State Highway Administration, in a statement.

The SHA has lost members of its work family to drivers who have erroneously steered into work areas including: Eddie Gilyard, who was killed in November 2013 while working on the shoulder of I-695 near Belair Road in Baltimore County, and Rick Moser, who was struck and killed along a I-270 ramp in 2007. In Howard County, contractor Erick Meekins was killed in June 2013 while setting up cones on state Route 216 near U.S. Route 29 in Howard County.

This spring and summer there were severe crashes and close calls including RJO Landscaping employees who narrowly escaped injury when their landscaping crew was struck on I-83.

AAA Mid-Atlantic was a vocal advocate in Annapolis for the original passage of move over legislation and for the subsequent inclusion of tow trucks and most recently service vehicles. The new law means AAA battery truck drivers will also be afforded protections, as they assist disabled motorists.

Ragina Cooper Averella, manager of public and government affairs at AAA Mid-Atlantic, offered the organization’s thanks to Del. Anne Healey, D-22-Prince George’s, and the late state Sen. Wayne Norman, R-35-Harford, for sponsoring the legislation.

“AAA Mid-Atlantic was a proud advocate of this law, as we recognize the importance of having service truck drivers included in move over laws, since they face the same dangers as first responders and tow truck operators when conducting business on the side of our roadways,” Averella said.

Despite having the laws, unfortunately, law enforcement officers, tow truck operators and others continue to be killed as they conduct business on the roadways, the release states. Motor vehicle-related incidents are consistently the leading cause of work-related fatalities in the United States.

According to a national poll by Mason Dixon Polling and Research, sponsored by the National Safety Commission, 71 percent of Americans have not heard of move over laws, the release states. As of Sept. 10, the total number of citations issued to violators of the move over law since its inception Oct. 1, 2010, were 19,620, with 64,345 warnings issued. This year alone 1,269 citations have been written and 5,273 warnings issued.

A violation of the Move Over law is a misdemeanor. The fine is $110 and the Motor Vehicle Administration will assess one point against the driver’s license. If the violation contributes to a crash, the fine is $150 and three points against the driver’s license. If the violation results in death or serious bodily injury, the fine is $750.

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Move Over law expanded this month for service vehicles

LAUREL — The State Highway Administration and AAA Mid-Atlantic have announced that Maryland’s expanded Move Over law has taken effect.

According to a news release, as of Oct. 1, Maryland’s Move Over law was expanded to include transportation, service and utility vehicles, as well as waste and recycling trucks, with yellow or amber flashing lights or signal devices. These vehicles join the list of protected vehicles under the state’s current Move Over law, which include emergency response and law enforcement vehicles, as well as tow trucks.

The law requires drivers approaching from the rear any of these vehicles stopped along the highway with red, yellow or amber flashing lights to move over a lane when possible. This movement should only be done if another lane in the same direction is available and the move can be made safely and without impeding other traffic, the release states..

If the driver is unable to make a lane change, the law requires drivers to slow to a reasonable and prudent speed that is safe for existing conditions while passing the emergency or service vehicles.

“Safety is our number one priority. Our employees work alongside active roadways, daily and with every glance away from the road, each time a driver reads a text message, answers a phone call, or fails to move over their safety is jeopardized. Please move over to help ensure a safer work environment for our employees,” said Gregory Slater, administrator of the State Highway Administration, in a statement.

The SHA has lost members of its work family to drivers who have erroneously steered into work areas including: Eddie Gilyard, who was killed in November 2013 while working on the shoulder of I-695 near Belair Road in Baltimore County, and Rick Moser, who was struck and killed along a I-270 ramp in 2007. In Howard County, contractor Erick Meekins was killed in June 2013 while setting up cones on state Route 216 near U.S. Route 29 in Howard County.

This spring and summer there were severe crashes and close calls including RJO Landscaping employees who narrowly escaped injury when their landscaping crew was struck on I-83.

AAA Mid-Atlantic was a vocal advocate in Annapolis for the original passage of move over legislation and for the subsequent inclusion of tow trucks and most recently service vehicles. The new law means AAA battery truck drivers will also be afforded protections, as they assist disabled motorists.

Ragina Cooper Averella, manager of public and government affairs at AAA Mid-Atlantic, offered the organization’s thanks to Del. Anne Healey, D-22-Prince George’s, and the late state Sen. Wayne Norman, R-35-Harford, for sponsoring the legislation.

“AAA Mid-Atlantic was a proud advocate of this law, as we recognize the importance of having service truck drivers included in move over laws, since they face the same dangers as first responders and tow truck operators when conducting business on the side of our roadways,” Averella said.

Despite having the laws, unfortunately, law enforcement officers, tow truck operators and others continue to be killed as they conduct business on the roadways, the release states. Motor vehicle-related incidents are consistently the leading cause of work-related fatalities in the United States.

According to a national poll by Mason Dixon Polling and Research, sponsored by the National Safety Commission, 71 percent of Americans have not heard of move over laws, the release states. As of Sept. 10, the total number of citations issued to violators of the move over law since its inception Oct. 1, 2010, were 19,620, with 64,345 warnings issued. This year alone 1,269 citations have been written and 5,273 warnings issued.

A violation of the Move Over law is a misdemeanor. The fine is $110 and the Motor Vehicle Administration will assess one point against the driver’s license. If the violation contributes to a crash, the fine is $150 and three points against the driver’s license. If the violation results in death or serious bodily injury, the fine is $750.

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Move Over law expanded this month for service vehicles

LAUREL — The State Highway Administration and AAA Mid-Atlantic have announced that Maryland’s expanded Move Over law has taken effect.

According to a news release, as of Oct. 1, Maryland’s Move Over law was expanded to include transportation, service and utility vehicles, as well as waste and recycling trucks, with yellow or amber flashing lights or signal devices. These vehicles join the list of protected vehicles under the state’s current Move Over law, which include emergency response and law enforcement vehicles, as well as tow trucks.

The law requires drivers approaching from the rear any of these vehicles stopped along the highway with red, yellow or amber flashing lights to move over a lane when possible. This movement should only be done if another lane in the same direction is available and the move can be made safely and without impeding other traffic, the release states..

If the driver is unable to make a lane change, the law requires drivers to slow to a reasonable and prudent speed that is safe for existing conditions while passing the emergency or service vehicles.

“Safety is our number one priority. Our employees work alongside active roadways, daily and with every glance away from the road, each time a driver reads a text message, answers a phone call, or fails to move over their safety is jeopardized. Please move over to help ensure a safer work environment for our employees,” said Gregory Slater, administrator of the State Highway Administration, in a statement.

The SHA has lost members of its work family to drivers who have erroneously steered into work areas including: Eddie Gilyard, who was killed in November 2013 while working on the shoulder of I-695 near Belair Road in Baltimore County, and Rick Moser, who was struck and killed along a I-270 ramp in 2007. In Howard County, contractor Erick Meekins was killed in June 2013 while setting up cones on state Route 216 near U.S. Route 29 in Howard County.

This spring and summer there were severe crashes and close calls including RJO Landscaping employees who narrowly escaped injury when their landscaping crew was struck on I-83.

AAA Mid-Atlantic was a vocal advocate in Annapolis for the original passage of move over legislation and for the subsequent inclusion of tow trucks and most recently service vehicles. The new law means AAA battery truck drivers will also be afforded protections, as they assist disabled motorists.

Ragina Cooper Averella, manager of public and government affairs at AAA Mid-Atlantic, offered the organization’s thanks to Del. Anne Healey, D-22-Prince George’s, and the late state Sen. Wayne Norman, R-35-Harford, for sponsoring the legislation.

“AAA Mid-Atlantic was a proud advocate of this law, as we recognize the importance of having service truck drivers included in move over laws, since they face the same dangers as first responders and tow truck operators when conducting business on the side of our roadways,” Averella said.

Despite having the laws, unfortunately, law enforcement officers, tow truck operators and others continue to be killed as they conduct business on the roadways, the release states. Motor vehicle-related incidents are consistently the leading cause of work-related fatalities in the United States.

According to a national poll by Mason Dixon Polling and Research, sponsored by the National Safety Commission, 71 percent of Americans have not heard of move over laws, the release states. As of Sept. 10, the total number of citations issued to violators of the move over law since its inception Oct. 1, 2010, were 19,620, with 64,345 warnings issued. This year alone 1,269 citations have been written and 5,273 warnings issued.

A violation of the Move Over law is a misdemeanor. The fine is $110 and the Motor Vehicle Administration will assess one point against the driver’s license. If the violation contributes to a crash, the fine is $150 and three points against the driver’s license. If the violation results in death or serious bodily injury, the fine is $750.

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One person killed after being struck by car off I-77 near Rock Hill

One person was killed following a crash off Interstate 77 on Sunday.

Around 11:17 a.m., the person was adding fuel to a 2008 four-door Kia sedan that was parked legally in the emergency lane off the interstate, according to Lance Cpl. Gary Miller of the S.C. Highway Patrol.

A 78-year-old man from Winston-Salem, N.C. was driving a 2015 Infinity SUV northbound on I-77 when the car went off the side of the road and hit the pedestrian and the parked car, Miller said. The crash happened near mile marker 76.

The pedestrian was killed, Miller said.

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The York County Coroner’s Office has not yet released the person’s identity.

Both the 78-year-old man and the passenger in that car were unharmed, Miller said. There were no other vehicles or pedestrians involved.

The crash remains under investigation.

Check back for updates.

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Motorcyclist dies after being struck by car in Miramar,… – WPLG


MIRAMAR, Fla. – A motorcyclist is dead after a crash involving another vehicle in Miramar, officials said.

The crash happened Saturday evening at Miramar Parkway and 148th Avenue.

The accident involved a motorcyclist being struck by a car, Miramar Fire officials said. A man was hurt and found on the ground.

The motorcyclist was airlifted to Memorial Regional Hospital in critical condition. Miramar police said he was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The driver of the other vehicle stayed at the scene, according to police.

Police advised drivers to avoid Miramar Parkway between 145th and 148th avenues due to the crash.

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School security officer hit by car in North Knoxville, suspect flees


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – The Knoxville Police Department have identified the suspect who hit a school security officer Friday night.

On Saturday information was obtained that the Roane County Sheriff’s Department had developed some leads on the suspect and had located the suspect’s vehicle in Rockwood.

The vehicle was towed to the KPD impound lot for processing by investigators and forensics. KPD Investigator Jeff Day was able to confirm the identity of the driver, a female juvenile.

The teen will be arrested on multiple charges once she has been located.

The crash was reported around 7 p.m. on Friday near the west entrance to the Fulton High School football field. Officers found a Knox County School Division Officer lying in the street after being hit by a vehicle.

Witnesses say the suspect vehicle had just left a parking area north of the stadium and was driving recklessly. The vehicle lost control and hit several parked, unoccupied vehicles before continuing down St. Mary’s Street. 

The officer tried to stop the vehicle, but police say witnesses said the driver intentionally hit the vehicle and drove off. The officer’s injuries were not life-threatening.

“I just went to check on him, because I’ve never seen anybody barrel through a cop like that,” said Evangeline Smith, a witness who saw the events unfold. 

Smith says she spoke with officers, sharing what she saw. Her husband running after the car to get a license plate number, he was able to get partial plates, she said. 

“She literally hit the gas and hit him and he flew end over end off the top of her hood and landed on the ground. that’s when me and my husband went down there to give him aid,” said Smith. 

An owner of one of the parked vehicles hit says they were notified their car was involved by an announcement at the Fulton High School Football game. 

A tow truck was on scene to remove the vehicles, if necessary. 

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School security officer hit by car in North Knoxville, suspect flees


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – The Knoxville Police Department have identified the suspect who hit a school security officer Friday night.

On Saturday information was obtained that the Roane County Sheriff’s Department had developed some leads on the suspect and had located the suspect’s vehicle in Rockwood.

The vehicle was towed to the KPD impound lot for processing by investigators and forensics. KPD Investigator Jeff Day was able to confirm the identity of the driver, a female juvenile.

The teen will be arrested on multiple charges once she has been located.

The crash was reported around 7 p.m. on Friday near the west entrance to the Fulton High School football field. Officers found a Knox County School Division Officer lying in the street after being hit by a vehicle.

Witnesses say the suspect vehicle had just left a parking area north of the stadium and was driving recklessly. The vehicle lost control and hit several parked, unoccupied vehicles before continuing down St. Mary’s Street. 

The officer tried to stop the vehicle, but police say witnesses said the driver intentionally hit the vehicle and drove off. The officer’s injuries were not life-threatening.

“I just went to check on him, because I’ve never seen anybody barrel through a cop like that,” said Evangeline Smith, a witness who saw the events unfold. 

Smith says she spoke with officers, sharing what she saw. Her husband running after the car to get a license plate number, he was able to get partial plates, she said. 

“She literally hit the gas and hit him and he flew end over end off the top of her hood and landed on the ground. that’s when me and my husband went down there to give him aid,” said Smith. 

An owner of one of the parked vehicles hit says they were notified their car was involved by an announcement at the Fulton High School Football game. 

A tow truck was on scene to remove the vehicles, if necessary. 

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School security officer hit by car in North Knoxville, suspect flees


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – The Knoxville Police Department have identified the suspect who hit a school security officer Friday night.

On Saturday information was obtained that the Roane County Sheriff’s Department had developed some leads on the suspect and had located the suspect’s vehicle in Rockwood.

The vehicle was towed to the KPD impound lot for processing by investigators and forensics. KPD Investigator Jeff Day was able to confirm the identity of the driver, a female juvenile.

The teen will be arrested on multiple charges once she has been located.

The crash was reported around 7 p.m. on Friday near the west entrance to the Fulton High School football field. Officers found a Knox County School Division Officer lying in the street after being hit by a vehicle.

Witnesses say the suspect vehicle had just left a parking area north of the stadium and was driving recklessly. The vehicle lost control and hit several parked, unoccupied vehicles before continuing down St. Mary’s Street. 

The officer tried to stop the vehicle, but police the driver intentionally hit the vehicle and drove off. The officer’s injuries were not life-threatening.

“I just went to check on him, because I’ve never seen anybody barrel through a cop like that,” said Evangeline Smith, a witness who saw the events unfold. 

Smith says she spoke with officers, sharing what she saw. Her husband running after the car to get a license plate number, he was able to get partial plates, she said. 

“She literally hit the gas and hit him and he flew end over end off the top of her hood and landed on the ground. that’s when me and my husband went down there to give him aid,” said Smith. 

An owner of one of the parked vehicles hit says they were notified their car was involved by an announcement at the Fulton High School Football game. 

A tow truck was on scene to remove the vehicles, if necessary. 

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