PennDOT Reminds Drivers to "Steer Clear" of Emergency Responders
Pennsylvania’s Steer Clear law requires motorists to move at least one travel lane away from emergency personnel when encountering an emergency response area. The law applies any time an emergency vehicle has its lights flashing and where road crews or emergency personnel attempt to warn motorists, have lighted flares or posted signs. Emergency personnel include law enforcement, tow truck operators and other emergency responders. If a motorist is unable to safely change lanes they must slow down.
Failure to move over or slow down can result in a $250 fine. Drivers cited for traffic violations in these areas will face double fines. If that violation leads to a worker being injured, a motorist will face a 90 day license suspension.
Visit JustDrivePA.com to learn more about PennDOT’s safety initiatives. Motorists are also reminded they can log on to 511pa.com or call 511 from any phone to check traffic conditions on major roadways before traveling.