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State law will require drivers to Move Over or Slow Down for utility workers

Leaders said drivers who fail to obey the law can be fined up to $1,000 or face possible jail time.

KENNEWICK, Wash. - Washington state drivers will soon have a new safety law to follow.

Starting June 7, state law will require vehicles to move over or slow down for utility workers on the side of the road.

Currently the law protects emergency vehicles however experts say it's important for the law to extend to utility workers.

Benton PUD leaders said utility workers often work on the side of the roadway in hazardous conditions.

Benton PUD, Communication Director said, “a lot of times it’s at night in really bad weather so it’s just great that this law is there to remind people to really move over, when they see emergency vehicles or vehicles with lights flashing on the side of the road.”

Leaders said drivers who fail to obey the law can be fined up to $1,000 or face possible jail time.

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