PennDOT and Pennsylvania State Police are reminding drivers to steer clear of police, emergency responders, road crews and tow-truck operators.
Pennsylvania's Steer Clear Law requires drivers to move away from lanes immediately adjacent to where police are making traffic stops, where highway or construction workers are involved in emergency assistance, or where tow trucks are responding to disabled vehicles.
If drivers cannot move over because of traffic or other conditions, the law states they must proceed at a speed that is "reasonable and prudent."
"When you see law enforcement personnel stopped to write citations or responding to crashes and disabled vehicles, please make sure you proceed with caution and pass on the left,'' State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said in a statement Friday. "It could be a matter of life or death for the first responder."
The law applies any time an emergency vehicle has its lights flashing and where road crews or emergency personnel have lighted flares or have posted signs or other traffic control devices.
Failure to move over or slow down can result in a summary offense that carries a fine of up to $250.
Fines will be doubled for other traffic violations occurring in these areas.
If the violation leads to a first responder being injured, a 90-day license suspension could result.