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'Move Over Law' Requires Motorists Steer Clear Of Emergency Responders

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Allyson Ruggieri
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90.5 WESA

Pennsylvania drivers face stiffer fines and other penalties under the state's Move Over Law which takes effect today.

The Move Over Law enhances a statute that had been on the books called the Steer Clear Law. It increases penalties for motorists who fail to merge away from emergency responders like police, fire and ambulance crews. It also requires drivers to slow to at least 20 miles per hour below the posted speed limit if they can't move over safely.

Fines for a first offense increase from $250 to $500. That jumps to $1,000 for a second offense and up to $2,000 and a 90-day license suspension for third and subsequent offenses.

The law also requires that drivers move away from any disabled vehicle that has at least two emergency displays including hazard lamps, road cones or flares.