WSP educating drivers about 'move over' law



Posted on June 11, 2014 at 6:13 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 11 at 9:22 AM

OLYMPIA, Wash.—It’s a law set up to save lives. And it’s punishable by a $190 fine.

But many drivers don’t know about the “move over” law, according to Washington State Patrol Trooper Guy Gill.

“We want to educate drivers and we want to change their behavior,” said Gill.

Gill said troopers routinely have to explain to drivers what the 2011 law requires of drivers.

When drivers in the far right lane come within 200 feet of an emergency vehicle on the shoulder, the driver is required to move to the next lane, as long as it’s safe.

If a driver is unable to move over, the law requires them to slow down.

The law applies to police and fire vehicles, tow trucks and Department of Transportation trucks.

WSP has gone to Twitter and Facebook to try to educate drivers. Violators are now given pamphlets informing them about the law.

Trooper Gill said the increased patrols and education efforts will prevent drivers from getting tickets. It could also save a life.

“Any help we can get from the public would be greatly appreciated,” said Gill.