“Slow Down, Move Over” emphasis patrols this weekend

OLYMPIA — The State Patrol will conduct a statewide “Slow Down, Move Over” emphasis patrol today through Sunday.

The purpose is to help troopers, roadway workers, emergency responders, and citizens stay safe and bring awareness to the “Move Over Law.”

The “Move Over Law” was updated this spring to stress the importance of slowing down if vehicles can’t move over a lane to give crews in emergency or work zones extra space.

It 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, the State Patrol said.

The penalty is $214 and cannot be waived or reduced. The State Patrol contacted 4,764 drivers for ‘move over’ violations in 2018.

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