Changes to Pennsylvania ‘Move Over’ law

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MOOSIC, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – The last thing any first responder or roadworker needs are cars whizzing by them just a few feet away while trying to do their job.

Luckily, there’s legislation for that, the ‘move over law.’

“If you see an emergency vehicle that’s off the side of the road construction vehicle or any type of safety or emergency vehicle that’s on the side of the road, you’re supposed to move over to the other lane, as best as you can”

For state troopers Bob Urban and Anthony Petroski, changes will give them a little less to worry about when they are enacted in April.

“For a first-time offense it’s a $500 fine for a second-time offense it’s a $1,000 fine. And for a third or subsequent of things, it’s a $2,000 fine. It also comes with a 90-day license suspension. These are strict penalties. But again it’s all to keep us safe,” Petroski said.

Of course, state police and PennDOT are trying and get the word out there about how critical these changes are to this law. People we’ve spoken to out on the roads, like Brian Blettner and Karen Acevedo, understand why.

“Not a problem at all. When you have somebody out there that’s hurt or a disabled vehicle or a worker, people definitely need to slow down” Blettner said.

“I think they should because I’m a nurse, and it’s good for the people that just in case they have an accident. It’s up to you could save somebody’s life, or maybe your own,” Acevedo said.

Another critical change is that if you can’t get over? It’s time to turn on the four-way flashers and slow down to 20 miles under the posted speed limit. Something trooper Petroski hopes people are brushing up on well before April.

“Just because you got your driver’s license at age 16 doesn’t mean you don’t have to continue your education know the laws and on this law, slow down and move over.”

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