Pennsylvania State Police troopers are participating in a six-state initiative until July 28 in an effort to raise awareness of the Steer Clear Law.
As part of the “Six State Trooper Project,” PSP troopers are collaborating with Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, West Virginia and Michigan law enforcement officers to enhance highway safety.
The project focuses on the “Steer Clear Law,” which requires motorists to change lanes or to slow down when approaching stopped emergency vehicles.
Steer Clear Law
According to state police, if you come upon an incident along the side of the roadway that involves an emergency responder, please remember to “Steer Clear.”
“Please remember, under Pennsylvania’s Steer Clear Law, motorists are required to move at least one lane away from the incidents,” state police said.
“Emergency responders can include law enforcement, tow truck operators, Department of Transportation vehicles involved in emergency assistance and other emergency personnel.
“If you cannot move over because of traffic or other conditions, you must reduce your speed.”
State police said that failure to move over or to slow down will result in a citation that carries a fine of up to $250.
In addition, drivers cited for traffic violations in these situations will face double fines. If that violation leads to a worker being injured, a 90-day license suspension could result.