The Washington State Patrol is cracking down on drivers who fail to move over for emergency vehicles. Troopers are conducting statewide “Slow Down, Move Over” emphasis patrols from Wednesday through Friday “to help both troopers and citizens get home safe by bringing awareness to the ‘Move Over Law.’” In the last two years, 62 patrols cars have been hit and 24 troopers injured, an average of one trooper injured every month. Under state law, drivers are required to use caution, slow down and move over or change lanes when approaching an emergency. An emergency vehicle includes police, fire, medical, tow trucks and vehicles providing roadside assistance using warning lights. The ticket for failing to obey the law is $214 and cannot be waived or reduced. Last year, more than 4,100 drivers were contacted by state troopers for “move over” violations. “The inclement weather season is about to start and is when we see a rise in the number of patrol cars hit,” Sgt. James Prouty stated.
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