WSP reminds drivers when it's required to 'Move Over, Slow Down'

KENNEWICK, Wash. - As we head into the warmer months, Washington State Patrol wants to remind drivers of the laws meant to protect roadside workers.

In 2017, 180 WSP troopers were hurt and 20 patrol cars were hit while roadside.

Under current law, drivers are required to slow down and change lanes when approaching an emergency vehicle or police car on the side of the road with its hazard lights on. 

On June 7, those rules will apply to utility workers on the side of the road as well.

"Coming into the spring and summer time, Department of Transportation is gonna be working a lot more on the highways so I want to get the word out ahead of time," said WSP Trooper Chris Thorson. "Please give them room to do their work safely and pay attention when you are in a work zone."

The penalty for violating the law is $214. In 2016, close to 4,200 drivers received "move over" violations from WSP.

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