This Terrifying MaineDOT Video is a Great Reminder to Stay Alert While Driving
We've all seen it driving up and down the Turnpike countless times -- some kind of emergency vehicle pulled over in the breakdown lane. Whether it's some kind of road construction going on or an unlucky driver going a little bit too fast for Maine State Troopers' liking, you've noticed it while driving past.
Maine Move Over Law
"The operator of a vehicle passing a stationary authorized emergency vehicle using an emergency light or a stationary public service vehicle using its authorized lights, with due regard to the safety and traffic conditions (to): Pass in a lane not adjacent to that of the authorized emergency vehicle or public service vehicle, if possible; or if passing in a nonadjacent lane is impossible or unsafe, pass the emergency vehicle or public service vehicle at a careful and prudent speed reasonable for passing the authorized emergency vehicle or public service vehicle safely."
Basically, if you're approaching an oncoming vehicle in the breakdown lane, don't be a jerkface and switch over to the lane to your left. And if you're unable to because there are cars driving alongside you, be a good human and slow down so disaster doesn't happen.
MaineDOT gave us a scary reminder
Since we all need a reminder of things every now and then throughout life, MaineDOT dropped this terrifying video in 2022 (which is actually three police dashcam videos in one) showing exactly why a law like the Maine Move Over Law exists.
And quite honestly, especially considering Maine State Troopers and just any police officer anywhere has enough to worry about on a daily basis, moving over to another lane for them so they're not feet away from 70-80 mph traffic with their back to it all is the least we can do for them (or any other motorist in the breakdown lane, really.)
As a reminder, failure to comply with the Maine Move Over Law can result in you getting some nice quality time with a police officer on the side of the road and a minimum of a $350 donation to the State. Probably worth just flicking the blinker and moving to the left for 10 seconds.