Articles of Interest

Duties of a Driver

“Under the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code section 3327. Duty of driver in emergency response areas.

                Definition of Emergency Service Responder – An individual acting in an official capacity such as police officer, sheriff, deputy sheriff, coroner, deputy coroner, firefighter, fire police, fire marshal, medical examiner, deputy medical examiner, rescue personnel, ambulance personnel, towing and recovery personnel, HIGHWAY MAINTENANCE  AND CONSTRUCTION PERSONNEL, hazardous material response team member or emergency medical service personnel.”

  1. (a)    General Rule. – when approaching or passing an emergency response area, a person, unless otherwise directed by emergency service responder shall:
  2. (1)    Pass in a lane not adjacent to that of the emergency response area, if possible; or
  3. (2)    If passing in a nonadjacent lane is impossible, illegal or unsafe, pass the emergency response area at a careful and prudent reduced speed reasonable for safely passing the emergency response area.”

The law continues to outline various penalties for motorists who present a threat to the emergency responders.  THIS INCLUDES ALL SNOW PLOWING EQUIPMENT.