Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher signed a bill Thursday, March 30, that is
intended to reduce gridlock in the state caused by wrecks.
The “Quick Clearance” bill won unanimous consent in the House and
Senate on its way to the governor’s desk.
The new law, previously HB272, mandates that drivers remove their
vehicles from traffic lanes after wrecks, as long as the vehicles are still
drivable and no serious injuries were suffered. It also allows law enforcement
at the scene to order vehicles to be towed to a parking area or safe place
Rep. David Osborne, R-Prospect, said the legislation is long overdue.
He said studies have shown that more than 20 percent of all wrecks nationwide
occur as a result of drivers reacting to an existing wreck scene or because of
a backup situation.
The governor also noted the effect this legislation could have on the
“This is the era of ‘just-in-time’ delivery,” Fletcher said in a recent
statement. “Getting accidents handled quickly lessens the associated damage
that lengthy backups cause for Kentucky’s economy.”
House Speaker Jody Richards, D-Bowling Green, also said the new rule
would be beneficial to the state.
“When our interstates are clogged because of accidents, time is lost,
connections and appointments are missed, deliveries are delayed, and the costs,
both directly and indirectly can be substantial,” Richards said in a written
statement. “This bill speaks directly to those problems.”
The new rule takes effect in July.