Rapp Urges Motorists to Move Over for Emergency Responders to Avoid Hefty Fines
3/20/2008
State Representative Kathy Rapp (R-Warren/Forest/McKean) is reminding motorists to move into the far lane when approaching emergency responders and maintenance crews alongside the highway.
 
Those who are convicted of endangering the safety of these individuals would be subject to fines up to $250, an increase from the previous $85. If a serious injury is caused by the violation, the driver of the vehicle could lose his or her driver’s license for 90 days.
 
Motorists found to be driving recklessly, under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or passing others illegally could face even higher fines.
 
The law, Act 113 of 2006, requires motorists to move into the far lane of a highway when approaching a scene with emergency responders, police officers and maintenance workers and tow truck drivers. If a lane is not open or there is no lane to move into, motorists must reduce their speed to a cautious and safe level. 
 
The previous law only required motorists to move into a passing lane when approaching the scene of an emergency. Act 113 extends that protection to other activities such as routine traffic stops, towing operations and construction activities.
 
Responders must have emergency lights in use in these areas for the new law to apply. For an up-to-date listing of road construction projects, visit RepRapp.com.
 
Rep. Kathy Rapp
65th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

(814) 723-5203
(717) 787-1367
www.RepRapp.com
Contact: Ty McCauslin
House Republican Public Relations
(717) 772-9979