Steer Clear Law - The law which was ignored resulting in Andy's tragic
death. Had this law been followed by the tractor-trailer driver, Andy
would be here today.
Steer Clear Law:
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. A brochure may located at the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Web Site.
Pennsylvania Vehicle Code Law:
3327. Duty of driver in emergency response areas.
GENERAL RULE.-When approaching or passing an emergency response area, a
person, unless otherwise directed by an emergency service responder,
(1) 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.
PENALTY.-Any person violating subsection (a) commits a summary offense
and shall, upon conviction, pay a fine of not more than $250.
SUSPENSION OF OPERATING PRIVILEGE.-The department shall suspend the
operating privilege of any person for 90 days upon receiving a
certified record of the driver's conviction, adjudication of
delinquency or admission into a preadjudication program for a violation
of subsection (a), if the certified conviction indicates the violation
resulted in serious injury to another person. The license shall be
surrendered in accordance with section 1540 (relating to surrender of
(c) MARKING.-An emergency response area shall be clearly
marked with road flares, caution signs or any other traffic-control
device which law enforcement officials may have at their immediate
disposal or visual signals on vehicles meeting the requirements of
subchapter D of Chapter 45 (relating to equipment of authorized and
"Emergency response area." The area in which
emergency service responders render emergency assistance to individuals
on or near a roadway or a police officer is conducting a traffic stop
or systematic check of vehicles as long as the emergency vehicle is
making use of visual signals meeting the requirements of subchapter D
of Chapter 45.
"Emergency service responder." An individual acting
in an official capacity as police officer, sheriff, deputy sheriff,
coroner, deputy coroner, firefighter, fire police, fire marshal,
medical examiner, deputy medical examiner, rescue personnel, ambulance
personnel, towing and recovery personnel, highway
maintenance and construction personnel, hazardous material response
team member or emergency medical service personnel.
"Serious injury." A personal injury resulting in death, serious impairment of body function or permanent serious disfigurement.