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Police Highlighting Seat Belt Safety, "Move Over" Laws Ahead of Holiday Weekend

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PIKESVILLE, Md.- As the Memorial Day holiday approaches, Maryland State Police are joining forces with other local law enforcement agencies to remind drivers and passengers of the importance of seat belt use and their "Move Over" laws.

New to the region's "Click it or Ticket" campaign this year, which runs from May 20 to June 2, is a reminder of the dangers first responders and roadway workers face while stopped on the roadways.

According to MSP, all 50 states have "Move Over" laws, but very few drivers know they exist. A national poll by Mason Dixon Polling & Research, sponsored by the National Safety Commission, showed that 71 percent of Americans have not heard of the laws.

So far in 2019, 14 law enforcement officers nationwide have been killed in traffic-related crashes, MSP said. Because of that, officers will be emphasizing "Move Over" efforts on May 16.

Maryland's "Move Over" laws require drivers approaching from the rear of an emergency vehicle using visual signals while stopped on a highway to, if possible, make a lane change into an available lane not immediately adjacent to the emergency vehicle. If it's not possible to change lanes, the laws requires drivers to slow down. The intent is to provide an extra barrier of safety for police officers, firefighters and emergency rescue personnel working along Maryland roads, MSP said.

As for seat belt use, the Maryland Highway Safety Office said more than 120 unbelted drivers and passengers are killed each year in the state.

According to MSP, in 2017, the use of seat belts in passenger vehicles saved an estimated 14,955 lives of occupants ages 5 and older nationwide. From 2013-2017, seat belt use is estimated to have saved almost 70,000 lives.



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