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New law takes effect today in Pennsylvania

The new “Slow Down to Get Around” law takes effect Tuesday in Pennsylvania.

Drivers approaching a vehicle that is stopped to collect trash, deliver mail, or provide roadside assistance must move at least one lane away when possible, or slow down to a “reasonable and proper speed for the existing road and traffic conditions.”

Drivers not slowing down around these vehicles can be charged with careless or reckless driving, which carry fines and points on their driving record.

Pennsylvania is not the first state to enact the law — 20 others have one like it. Pennsylvania already has a “steer clear” law to protect fire and EMS workers that requires drivers to move one lane out of the way for traffic accidents/incidents at the side of the road.

Under the new law, trash and recycling trucks are required to use yellow strobe lights when stopped or slowed.

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