Washington State Troopers: Move over and Slow down if you don't want a ticket.
WASHINGTON— Washington State Troopers want you to avoid a ticket and a trooper by moving over and slowing down.
Troopers are targeting drivers who fail to slow down or move over for emergency vehicles in the "Emergency Zone" on the side of the road between Wednesday, 18 October and Friday, October 20.
The law is if you see warning lights on the side of the road, you need to slow down. And if it's safe to switch lanes, get as far left as you're able and proceed with caution.
If you don't you could get a ticket for $214 that can't be waived or reduced.
Washington State Patrol Trooper Chris Thorson said the law isn't new, but enforcing it helps more than just law enforcement,
"This is really bad and this happens every year. Someone loses their life because someone won't move over for an emergency zone. And that includes tow-trucks, fire personnel, paramedics, police. We're all in danger when we're out there trying to help people on the highway."
Washington State Troopers said they contacted almost 4,200 drivers for "Move Over" violations in 2016.
An Emergency Zone is defined as the adjacent lanes of the roadway 200 feet (10 car lengths) before and after a stationary emergency vehicle with flashing lights, a tow truck using red lights, an emergency assistance vehicle using warning lights, or any police vehicle using emergency lights.
The fine doubles for vehicles exceeding the posted speed limit in an Emergency Zone. For more on RCW 46.61.212, review this brochure from WSP.