The Kentucky Senate has unanimously approved a measure intended to
reduce gridlock caused by accidents. The bill now heads to the House for
The “Quick Clearance” bill, sponsored by Sen. Gary Tapp, R-Waddy, would
require drivers to remove their vehicles from traffic lanes after minor
SB44 would mandate that drivers remove their vehicles from traffic
lanes, as long as the vehicles are still drivable and no serious injuries were
suffered. It also would allow law enforcement at the scene to order vehicles to
be towed to a parking area or safe place nearby.
“This is long overdue legislation,” Bill Nighbert, Kentucky’s
transportation secretary, said in a written statement.
He said studies have shown that more than 20 percent of accidents are
secondary accidents that occur as a result of drivers reacting to an existing
accident scene or because of a backup situation.
“In our mission statement, we are committed to providing a safe, secure
and reliable highway system that ensures the efficient mobility of people and
goods,” Nighbert said. “This is the era of ‘just-in-time’ delivery. Getting
accidents handled quickly lessens the associated damage that lengthy backups
cause for Kentucky’s economy.”