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State Police take part in six-state “Move Over Law” enforcement initiative


The Pennsylvania State Police Troop M in Bethlehem will be partnering with other members of the 6 State Trooper Project and focusing on violations of Title 75, Section 3327 “Duty of Driver in Emergency Response Areas,” otherwise known as the “Move Over Law” or “Steer Clear Law.”

This initiative will begin at 12:01 a.m. Sunday, July 19, and conclude at midnight Saturday, July 25. This cooperative detail will include: Michigan State Police, Kentucky State Police, Ohio State Police, West Virginia State Police, Indiana State Police and the Pennsylvania State Police.

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 helps prevent injuries and save lives, but only if drivers follow the law and use common sense.

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

•Pass in a lane not adjacent to that of the emergency response area, if possible; or

•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.