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News Release

Martha Lou Wheatley-Billeter, MPA
Public Works Information and Outreach Manager
Office: 509-477-7195

"Slow Down, Move Over" Emphasis Patrol

June 22-24, 2018

SPOKANE COUNTY, June 21, 2018 – Washington State Patrol troopers will be conducting a statewide "Slow Down, Move Over" emphasis patrol from June 22nd through the 24th. The purpose is to help both troopers and citizens get home safely by bringing awareness to the "Move Over Law".

Troopers put themselves at risk everyday trying to keep our roadways safe. In the past three years, 86 patrol cars were hit and 32 troopers injured.

RCW 46.61.212 - Approaching Emergency Zones is the "Move Over Law". The law was recently updated and now includes work zones. It requires that vehicles approaching an emergency or work zone should proceed with due caution, slow down and if safe - move over or change lanes.

  • An emergency or work zone vehicle includes:
    • Authorized emergency vehicle using audible or visual signals
    • Tow truck making muse of visual red lights
    • Other vehicles providing roadside assistance using warning lights
    • Law enforcement vehicle displaying a flashing, blinking or alternating emergency lights
    • Stationary or slow-moving highway construction or maintenance vehicle, solid waste vehicle, or utility service vehicle making use of flashing or warning lights.
  • An Emergency or Work Zone is the adjacent lanes of the roadway, and includes:
    • Two-hundred feet before and after the emergency or work zone vehicle.
    • If there are two lanes going in the same direction, move completely into the left lane.
    • The penalty is $214 and cannot be waived or reduced. In 2017, the Washington
    • State Patrol contacted 3,836 drivers for a move over violation!

Summer is here and more people will be out on the roads traveling and enjoying the weather. The Washington State Patrol reminds drivers to slow down and move over when they see emergency lights. It's safe and it's the law. 

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