New Traffic Laws Take Effect October 2023 in Maryland
The following new traffic laws will take effect in Maryland on October 1, 2023:
- Move Over Law expanded to include all vehicles: Previously, the Move Over Law required drivers to change lanes or slow down when approaching a stopped emergency vehicle, tow truck, or road maintenance vehicle with flashing lights. The new law expands the Move Over Law to include all vehicles displaying warning signals, including hazard warning lights.
- Increased penalties for distracted driving: The new law increases the fine for distracted driving from $50 to $100 for a first offense and from $100 to $200 for a second offense. The law also expands the definition of distracted driving to include using a handheld device while stopped at a red light or stop sign.
- New restrictions on school bus passing: The new law prohibits drivers from passing a school bus that is stopped with its flashing lights and stop arm extended, regardless of the direction of the road. The law also increases the fine for passing a school bus from $100 to $200 for a first offense and from $200 to $500 for a second offense.
- New requirements for pedestrians and cyclists: The new law requires pedestrians and cyclists to yield to vehicles when crossing the street at an unmarked crosswalk. The law also requires pedestrians and cyclists to obey all traffic signals and signs.
In addition to these new traffic laws, Maryland also has a number of existing traffic laws that are important to be aware of. For example, Maryland law requires all drivers to come to a complete stop at red lights and stop signs. Maryland law also prohibits drivers from using their handheld devices while driving, even if they are stopped at a red light or stop sign.
It is important to be aware of all traffic laws in order to stay safe on the road. Drivers who violate traffic laws may be subject to fines, points on their license, and even suspension or revocation of their license.