Department of Highways, District 10
Motorists Reminded to ‘Move It;' Quick Clearance Signs Installed Across Commonwealth
JACKSON, KY – (Aug. 13, 2007) -- Motorists along Kentucky’s interstates and parkways, including the Bert T. Combs Mountain Parkway in Powell, Wolfe, Morgan and Magoffin counties, will soon be reminded to “move it” over to the emergency lane if they are involved in a minor fender bender. House Bill 272, known as the Quick Clearance Bill, was passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Ernie Fletcher last year. It requires motorists to move damaged vehicles out of the traffic lanes of the interstate or parkway following an accident as long as there are no injuries and the vehicles are able to be moved.
Secretary of Transportation Bill Nighbert says that while the well-being of those involved in a traffic crash is everyone’s primary concern, vehicles can quickly be moved in non-injury crashes and that improves safety for other drivers on the freeway. “By quickly moving vehicles from the traffic lanes traffic backups are reduced which decreases the possibility of a secondary crash. Nationwide, secondary crashes make up 20 percent of all accidents. They usually occur because of traffic backups which can be caused by non-injury wrecks. This measure will save lives, reduce congestion, improve travel and save time and money.”
The quick clearance bill was one of three historic highway safety measures signed into law last year. The term “Quick Clearance” is defined as the practice of rapidly and safely removing temporary obstructions from the roadway.
State Rep. Steve Riggs (D-Louisville) was one of the bill’s sponsors. “The new signs will assist with informing the public about the new law that essentially could save their life or prevent more vehicle crashes. It should also reduce traffic back-ups and congestion that gather around these very minor fender-benders that tend to clog the roadways.”
Eighty-five signs will soon be placed along parkways and interstates to inform travelers of the law. In District 10, westbound motorists along the Mountain Parkway in Magoffin County will be reminded of the new law through a sign to be placed near mile marker 70. A similar sign has already been erected for eastbound travelers on the Mountain Parkway in Clark County.