Rules of the Road - STEER CLEAR LAW
Steer Clear Law Enhances Roadside Safety
The Pennsylvania Steer Clear law, which went into effect Sept. 8, 2006, requires motorists to move into a lane that is not adjacent to an emergency response area.
The 'Steer Clear' law 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.
An emergency scene is an area on or near a road where services are being provided by police, sheriffs, coroners, medical examiners, firefighters, fire police, fire marshals, rescue personnel, emergency medical service personnel, towing and recovery personnel, hazardous material response team members and/or highway construction and maintenance personnel.
Penalties under the Steer Clear Law
fine of up to $250 for failing to move over or slow down
doubling of fines for other traffic violations occurring in emergency response areas
90-day license suspension if violation results in injury to workers
The law applies any time an emergency vehicle has its lights flashing and where road crews or emergency personnel have lighted flares, posted signs or tried to warn motorists.
If law enforcement is not present at the time, the law allows road workers and emergency responders to report violations by motorists. Citations can then be issued by police based on these reports.
Steer Clear Brochure (printable version for distribution)