State Patrol reminds drivers about Move Over law

Between 2007 and 2014, a total of 212 Washington State Patrol (WSP) vehicles were struck while conducting traffic stops or providing motorist assistance.

  • BY Wire Service
  • Tuesday, December 8, 2015 5:20pm
  • News
Drivers have struck several State Patrol vehicles this year along highways for failing to move over or slow down.

Drivers have struck several State Patrol vehicles this year along highways for failing to move over or slow down.

Between 2007 and 2014, a total of 212 Washington State Patrol (WSP) vehicles were struck while conducting traffic stops or providing motorist assistance.

Three troopers and multiple residents have been injured in collisions over the last seven years, as a result of vehicles either striking the trooper or a parked emergency vehicle.

Several recent incidents include:

• At 11:23 p.m, on Dec. 7, a driver plowed into the back of a patrol car while the trooper investigated a collision blocking the HOV lane along Southbound I-5 at Tully’s. Fortunately, no one was injured. This is the fourth trooper‘s patrol car hit since Nov. 28.

• At 6:50 a.m. on Nov. 28, a trooper received minor injuries while sitting in his patrol car that was struck from behind while he was investigating a collision along Westbound Highway 18 to south I-5 in Federal Way.

• At 10:53 p.m. on Dec. 1, a patrol car was struck while the trooper investigated a collision on northbound 1-5 just south of 175th Avenue Northeast in King County.

• At 7 p.m. on Dec. 5, a patrol car was hit along westbound I-90 at mile post 60 about 10 miles west of Easton.

From Oct. 27-29, troopers conducted a state-wide emphasis patrol to increase awareness to the Move Over law. During the emphasis, troopers stopped and contacted more than 500 violators of the law, issuing 34 tickets and nine written warnings.

The goal of the emphasis was to remind drivers of the law. If you see police, fire, medical, tow trucks or vehicles providing roadside assistance, making use of hazard lights, move over or slowdown. As of Nov. 30, troopers have stopped more than 3,800 violators this year of the Move Over law.

Drivers approaching an emergency zone are required to either move over to another lane in the same direction, if it is safe to do so, or if a driver is unable to move over safely, proceed with caution and reduce the speed of their vehicle. Emergency vehicles include police, fire, medical, tow trucks and vehicles providing roadside assistance, making use of hazard lights.

In 2014, WSP troopers stopped more than 4,000 violators of the law.


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