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Move Over for PA Emergency Responders and Roadway Workers

Nov 06, 2020
Photo by Dave Everly

Berks County DUI Task Force Conducts Enforcement Activity Highlighting Steer Clear Law

Wednesday, members of Berks County DUI Taskforce including Exeter Township Police, AAA, Highway Safety Network, and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) held an enforcement activity in Exeter Township to highlight Pennsylvania’s Steer Clear Law during current the aggressive driving enforcement wave.

Funding for the aggressive driving enforcement wave is provided under a grant through PennDOT.

Each day, tow truck operators, firefighters, EMS workers, police officers, fire police and others respond on Pennsylvania roadways to assist others. These emergency responders face danger while working at emergency scenes from what are known as “D” drivers… drivers that are Drunk, Drugged, Drowsy, Distracted or Dangerous.

Photo by Dave Everly

On Average in Pennsylvania:
• Each day 352 reportable traffic crashes occur (about 15 crashes every hour).
• Each day 3 persons are fatally injured in reportable traffic crashes (one fatality every 7 hours).
• Each day 214 persons are injured in reportable crashes (about 9 injuries every hour).

In addition to traffic crashes, emergency responders are exposed to traffic while assisting with disabled vehicles, removing roadway obstructions, and enforcing traffic violations which puts thousands of them at risk each day.

151 Pennsylvania emergency responders have been struck and killed while assisting others on Pennsylvania roadways. This number does not include the 110 PennDOT and Turnpike workers who have also been struck & killed while on duty.

On average in the United States, 2 emergency responders are struck daily while working along the roadway. These responder struck-by incidents cause property damage, injuries and in some cases fatalities.

In 2019, 44 emergency responders were struck & killed in the United States (18 Law enforcement officers, 14 Tow truck operators, and 9 Fire/EMS personnel). This includes two Pennsylvania emergency responders.

As of October 28, 2020, 43 emergency responders have been struck & killed in the United States (16 Law enforcement officers, 20 Tow truck operators, 1 Mobile mechanic, 3 Fire/EMS personnel and 3 Safety-Service Patrol Operators). This includes two Pennsylvania emergency responders, Paramedic Matt Smelser and Tow Operator/FF Tyler Laudenslager.

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