“If you can Steer
it, Clear it – It’s our law!”
Police Chief Geof Gaudard stands with Captain ClearIt to help
spread the word about the quick clearance law.
Motorists traditionally were taught to leave their vehicles in
place after a crash occurred to make it easier for police to
reconstruct the incident and evaluate who was at fault. However, the
practice of leaving vehicles in the roadway can lead to secondary
crashes as other drivers encounter unexpectedly blocked lanes.
To minimize secondary crashes, the Michigan Legislature passed a law
in 2010 that requires motorists who have been in a crash to move
their vehicles to the side of the road if there are no injuries and
the vehicles are drivable. Several other states have similar “quick
clearance” laws, which also reduce traffic delays associated with
MDOT and the Michigan State Police (MSP) adopted a message - “If you
can steer it, clear it!” - to concisely explain the new law. The
Bloomfield Township Police Department supports the law and adopted
“Quick Clearance” guidelines in 2007. Since then drivers involved in
minor non-injury traffic crashes have been requested to remove their
vehicles from the roadway prior to police arrival on the scene.
Drivers of vehicles still in roadway may be subject to a citation
with a $1000 fine.
Chief Gaudard urges everyone to assist the police department by
removing their disabled vehicles off the roadway as soon as
possible. “Together, we can improve driver awareness and compliance
with the law. It’s a matter of safety”.
To find out more about the law click here:
Michigan Steer It-Clear It Brochure
Michigan Legislature 2014-PA-0303