Move It: Collision Information

The Facts

  • More than 53,000 people were injured, and 643 people were killed in crashes along Maryland roads in one representative year (2004) alone.
  • Of the more than 100,000 crashes in Maryland that year, more than 2/3 involved property damage without injuries.
  • After a collision many drivers leave their vehicles in the roadway and wait for police, contributing to congestion and causing secondary crashes.
  • For the safety of all, if you are in a property-damage collision and the vehicle can be driven, MOVE IT safely off the road and exchange information with the other party in the collision.
  • MOVE IT is a collaborative effort of the Maryland State Police, the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA), and local police and fire agencies to MOVE vehicles safely off the road in the event of a minor crash. You do not need to call police or wait for police to arrive.
  • The Move It program was piloted in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties between 1999 and 2005 and is now used statewide. 

When Should I Call the Police?

  • When someone is injured
  • When a vehicle cannot be moved and a tow truck is needed
  • When a driver appears to be intoxicated
  • When a driver does not have a driver’s license or will not exchange information
  • When a driver attempts to leave the scene without providing the proper information

When Do I Need a Police Report?

  • The police will complete a report if there is personal injury; a vehicle cannot be moved; or a driver is intoxicated, unlicensed, or leaves the scene.


Maryland state law requires that drivers of vehicles in a collision exchange:

  • drivers' names, addresses, and license numbers
  • names and addresses of the vehicles’ owners, the insurance companies and policy numbers
  • names and addresses of insurance agents (if available)

History of "MOVE IT"

In 1999, the Regional Operations Coordination (ROC) Committee initiated the MOVE IT program following extensive research about programs around the country.

The ROC Committee membership initially included:

  • Maryland State Police (MSP)
  • Montgomery County Police Department
  • Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service
  • Montgomery County Department of Public Works and Transportation
  • Prince George’s County Police Department
  • Prince George’s County Fire and Rescue Service
  • Prince George’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation
  • Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

Additional agencies joined the ROC Committee more recently, including:

  • US Park Police
  • University of Maryland
  • Towing and Recovery Association
  • Maryland Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
  • Frederick County Police
  • Frederick City Police
  • Charles County Police
  • The Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland
  • Maryland Department of Emergency Management  (MDEM)