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Area agencies ask motorists to heed law on blocking traffic flow

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, Sep. 18, 2013, at 1:22 p.m.

Wichita-area emergency response agencies are reminding the public to – when possible – remove vehicles that obstruct traffic flow.

At Wichita City Hall on Wednesday, representatives talked about the importance of motorists heeding the “Move It Law,” designed to keep roads open, protect the public and first responders and prevent additional accidents. In a news release to explain the law, the agencies said that the law — in effect since July 1, 2009 — requires drivers “to move a vehicle that is involved in a collision from the traffic way if the following circumstances exist.”

1. There is no death or apparent injury of any person involved.

2. There are no hazardous materials or cargo which is required to be listed as hazardous involved.

3. The vehicles are obstructing the regular flow of traffic on any interstate highway, U.S. highway, or any multi-lane or divided roadway.

4. The vehicle can be moved without towing and under its own power without endangering the drivers, other vehicles, or causing further damage to the vehicle.

When someone reports an accident to 911 in Wichita, Sedgwick County or areas where the Kansas Highway Patrol responds, dispatchers ask motorists questions to find out whether the vehicle falls under the law’s provisions and will direct drivers to move to a safe spot if possible, the statement said.

The law applies only if a vehicle blocks normal flow on interstates, U.S. highways or multi-lane or divided highways, including I-135, I-235 and Kellogg.

A violator can face a $75 fine and court costs. Still, the purpose of the law is not to write tickets but to protect everyone, Wichita police Lt. Joe Schroeder said.

Reach Tim Potter at 316-268-6684 or tpotter@wichitaeagle.com.

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