Move over or be fined: New Law for Pennsylvania Drivers goes into effect to Protect Roadside Workers

Date: April 27, 2021
Posted In: Auto Accidents

Unfortunately, almost every day an innocent police officer, EMS worker, tow truck operator, or disabled driver is struck and injured on the highways and roadways found throughout the United States.  Over the years rally cries have been heard from family members and friends of those injured or killed for the passage of laws to protect individuals providing help to those stranded or involved in accidents. 

Pennsylvania Legislatures heard the calls and have responded by passing the new “MOVE OVER” law that is now in effect.  Under the new law– found in the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code 75 Pa. 3327 (a)– drivers are obligated to move into the left lane or slow down to 20 mph when approaching an accident scene, traffic stop, disabled vehicle, or any other event being services by the police, EMS or tow truck operators.  Drivers are also obligated to move over or slow down in the event they come upon a disabled vehicle provided the vehicle has its flashers on along with either road flares or caution signs.  Failure to move over or slow down will carry some hefty penalties. 

First offenders are subject to a $500 fine; second offenders $1000 and third offenders up to $2000.  Multiple offenders can also lose their license for 90 days.  In the event that drivers fail to move over and injure or kill someone, they may face arrest and be subject to fines up to $10,000. 

The trial lawyers at Dougherty Leventhal & Price, LLP encourage all drivers to be careful, slow down, respect our men and women assisting those in need on our highways, and MOVE OVER when necessary.  Families and loved ones are counting on you! If you are injured in an automobile or truck accident, call the seasoned lawyers at DLP.  Remember: Injury? Call DLP (570) C-A-L-L-D-L-P or visit: DLPLaw.com

Brian Price
Brian has been practicing law in Northeastern Pennsylvania for the past 25 years. In 2000 he became partner in Dougherty Leventhal & Price, L.L.P. He is Board Certified in Trial Advocacy, named a Super Lawyer and sits on the Board of Governors in Philadelphia.