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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Steering Clear Helps To Save Lives/ It's The Law


State Police Issues Reminder Of Steer Clear Law
Captain Scott A. Neal, Commanding Officer of Troop C, Punxsutawney, would like to remind
motorists of the 'Steer Clear' law which requires drivers to move over or slow down when they encounter an emergency scene, traffic stop or disabled vehicle. This law will help prevent injuries and save lives, but only if drivers follow the law and use common sense.

Section 3327, Duty of driver in emergency response areas states:

(a) When approaching or passing an emergency response area, a person, unless otherwise directed by an emergency service responder, shall:

(1) pass in a lane not adjacent to that of the emergency response area, if possible; or

(2) if passing in a nonadjacent lane is impossible, illegal or unsafe, pass the emergency response area at a careful and prudent reduced speed reasonable for safely passing the emergency response area.

The law applies any time an emergency vehicle has its lights flashing and where road crews or emergency personnel have lighted flares or posted signs to warn motorists. Failure to move over or slow down can result in a summary offense that carries a fine of up to $250. In addition, fines will be doubled for traffic violations occurring in these areas designated as "work zones". If that violation leads to a worker being injured, a 90 day license suspension could result.

In cases where law enforcement may not be present, the law allows road workers and emergency responders to report violations by motorists. Law enforcement can issue citations based on these reports.

Pennsylvania State Police Troopers from Troop C will be focusing their attention on Interstate 80 in Clarion, Jefferson and Clearfield Counties for motorists in violation of the Steer Clear Law and will be taking appropriate enforcement action .

Captain Neal is asking motorists to be aware of the Steer Clear Law when traversing the highways of Pennsylvania and abide by the statutes listed in the law in order to ensure the safety of those emergency workers and police officers who are tasked with assisting motorists along the highway under very difficult conditions.

4 comments :

Anonymous said...

isnt this kind of stuff in your book you get when you are signing up to get your license? boy i wish there would have been an extra police man in portville yesterday when a guy behind us refused to pull over for the officer that was behind him with lights flashing and everything and when we pulled over the guy took it upon himself to pass us like we had pulled over for him. i really think that people should have to periodically take a written test as well as a driving test to keep their license.

Anonymous said...

That's when it should be legal for the officer to get the license number and send the person a ticket in the mail. Just like when you run a red light with a camera... 85% of this worlds population shouldn't be driving to begin with!

Anonymous said...

to 2:55 some people are just *****les. We had a car full of young kids keep blowing their horn at us to move over so they could get by in a one lane construction zone once. It was ridiculous as there was no place for us to go. A ditch on one side and a concrete barrier on the other. When we finally came out of it there was a cop right there and must have seen it and pulled them over. Everyone was honking their horns to the cop for pulling those stupid kids over. It was great.

Anonymous said...

I strongly agree, but the emergency reponse team needs to know where there going when they are in such a hurry. Yesterday the paramedics where behind a line of traffic going through a construction zone, we all pulled off so they could go by. Needless to say we made it by the Morgans house where the accident was before they did, We were passing the medics by the Saw Mill so they drove clear to ulysses doing 90 mph and completely missed where they were suppose to be going ! Driving Slower on the way back looking for the site. So they need to get a better sense of Direction on the rush there because otherwise its pointless for them to be there the ambulance had already arrived!