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PA Lawmakers Want Stiffer Fines for Drivers Who Don’t Move Over

Pennsylvania Senator John DiSanto is one of the sponsors of a bill that would raise penalties for drivers who don't move over for emergency response workers. (Photo/Facebook)

Two Pennsylvania State Senators are proposing revisions to the state’s Steer Clear Law in an effort to protect emergency service responders.

The bill, sponsored by State Senator Doug Mastriano (R-33) and State Senator Kim Ward (R-39), would rebrand the “Steer Clear Law” as the “Move Over Law” to clarify how the public should react when approaching or passing an emergency response area.

The proposed legislation comes after a Rostraver paramedic was killed in January after being hit by a car while responding to a crash scene.

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The proposal by Mastriano and Ward would establish a new point system for a “Move Over” violation; double the fines for a summary offense; strengthen public awareness by requiring PennDOT to educate the public throughout the year; and implement new requirements for drivers approaching an emergency response area.

Pennsylvania State Police say 7,075 citations were issued to drivers in 2018-19 for failing to move over. Additionally, there were 3,204 warnings issued during that same timeframe.