Rules of the Road
Erie County was fortunate to have an ever-so-slight brush with Hurricane Sandy; however, the mere thought of the storm gave us an early “taste’ of the type of weather that is just around the corner in our part of the state. With that in mind, here is a reminder about three Pennsylvania laws which come into play in bad weather we will no doubt experience in the coming months: 

        • Motorists who drive around or through signs or traffic control devices closing a 
            road due to hazardous conditions will have two points added to their driving 
            records and be fined up to $250. If the violation results in a need for emergency 
            responders to be called, the fine is increased to between $250 and $500. In 
            addition, violators will be held liable for repaying the costs of staging the 
            emergency response. 

        • If a motorist approaches an intersection with a traffic-control signal that is not 
            functioning properly, vehicular traffic facing a green or yellow signal may proceed 
            with caution, and vehicular traffic facing a red or completely unlighted signal shall 
            stop in the same manner as at a stop sign, and the right to proceed shall be 
            subject to the rules applicable after making a stop at a stop sign (in general, the 
            driver of the vehicle on the left shall yield to the vehicle on the right). 

        • With winter weather just around the corner, please remember to remove snow 
            and ice from the roof of your car or truck. Should the accumulation fall or be 
            dislodged from your vehicle, causing death or serious bodily injury, you face a 
            fine of $200 to $1,000.

With regard to our roads, no matter what time of year, you can help PennDOT repair damage by reporting locations where there are missing highway signs, shoulder drop-offs, wash outs, and other potential hazards by calling 1-800-FIX-ROAD. Calls are automatically directed to the local PennDOT county maintenance office.
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