Olympia, WA – The Washington State Patrol will be conducting a statewide “Slow Down, Move Over” emphasis starting today and running through the weekend.
They say the purpose of the extra attention is “to help troopers, roadway workers, emergency responders, and citizens stay safe and bring awareness to the “Move Over Law” .”
From August 23, 2019 through August 25, 2019, troopers will be paying extra attention to those who do not follow the laws.
The “Move Over Law” was recently updated this spring to stress the importance of slowing down if vehicles can’t move over a lane to get crews in emergency or work zones extra space.
The WSP says that the law requires that vehicles approaching an emergency or work zone should proceed with due caution, and if safe move over, or change lanes. If changing lanes is not possible, drivers should reduce their speed to 10 miles under the posted speed limit.
Emergency or work zone vehicles include:
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.
The Washington State Patrol says that they contacted 4,764 drivers for ‘move over’ violations in 2018.