WSDOT: Move Over, Slow Down or Pay the Fine
KENNEWICK, Wash. - If you see emergency flashing lights on the road that's your signal to move over or slow down.
According to the Washington State Department of Transportation every month an average of two patrol cars are struck and one trooper injured.
“Every single year someone gets hit by someone not following this law so it's really important to help us while were helping others.”
Trooper Chris Thorson said they are always looking for this violation out in the highway because it's important to keep all emergency personnel safe.
Thorson said, “It's required by law to move over, if you're not able to move over we ask that you slow down and pay attention as you're going by the scene."
Washington State Trooper said they contacted almost 4,200 drivers for "move over" violations in 2016.
He said when approaching an emergency scene simply ease off the gas, and yield the right away.
“Keep in mind that if you do stay in the right lane and don't move over for emergency personnel, you could be facing a traffic citation,” said Thorson.
Drivers can face a ticket total of $214 and can be doubled during emergency zones for exceeding the posted speed limit.
“Emergency personnel are out on the highways, were trying to help people in emergency situations, please give us the room to do that so were not in danger as well."