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Know when to steer clear

The "Steer Clear" law requires drivers to move over or slow down when they encounter an incident along the side of the road. This law is in effect when approaching an emergency scene, a traffic stop, or roadside personnel responding to a disabled vehicle.


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.


Visit the PA department of transportation site to learn more.

Penalties under the Steer Clear Law

  • A 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.

Pennsylvania's Steer Clear Law

The Steer Clear Law enhances roadside safety.