PITTSBURGH — Pennsylvania’s revamped Move Over Law went into effect Tuesday.
Drivers unable to safely merge into another lane when approaching an emergency response area must now slow down to at least 20 mph below the posted speed limit.
“An emergency response area is where an emergency vehicle has its lights flashing, or where road crews or emergency responders have lighted flares, posted signs or try to warn travelers,” the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said in a reminder to drivers.
MOVE OVER! Reminder, PA’s Move Over Law officially goes into effect TODAY. Move one lane over if you see a vehicle with flashing lights on the side of the road. If it’s not safe, drop your speed 20 mph below posted speed limit. @WPXI #StaySafe pic.twitter.com/wvpZJZExks— Alyssa Raymond (@AlyssaRaymond) April 27, 2021
Drivers must move over or slow down for all responders, such as police, firefighters and ambulances, as well as stopped tow trucks and maintenance vehicles. This also applies when drivers see disabled vehicles on the side of the road.
“PA is serious about it. We’re very serious about it,” Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Melinda Bondarenka said. “There’s deaths happening because of that. We want to make sure people are paying attention to that and obeying by the law.”
Violators of the law face a citation that carries a fine of $500 for first-time offenders, $1,000 for a second offense, and $2,000 and a 90-day license suspension for a third or subsequent offense.
In cases of violation that lead to serious injury or death of another person, penalties increase.
NEW MOVE-OVER LAW: If you cannot move over when approaching emergency, you must Slow to 20 MPH under posted speed limit. Violators face fines of $500 - $2000 / 90-Day License Suspension. In case of Injury, fines increase to $10,000 / 6-Month Suspension. #PittsburghTraffic #wpxi pic.twitter.com/wbA7ysJMuc— WPXI Traffic (@WPXITraffic) April 27, 2021
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