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Washington State Patrol urges drivers to move over

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Emphasis patrols begin Tuesday. Photo: Twitter/WSP Emphasis patrols begin Tuesday. Photo: Twitter/WSP
SPOKANE, Wash. -

#MoveOver. That's the hashtag the Washington State Patrol is trying to get out as they stress the importance of a traffic law that went into effect seven years ago. 

Since the Move Over law passed back in 2007 more than 200 patrol cars on roadsides have been hit statewide. WSP Trooper Jeff Sevigney says the reason for the emphasis patrols is because they haven't seen a whole lot of change in the way people are driving. 

"It's a dangerous place standing along the freeway," says Trooper Sevigney, "especially when speeds can be upwards of 70 mph. 

That's why WSP has made it their mission to remind people about the Move Over law

"Here in Spokane we've had officers who've been seriously injured being involved in collisions where their patrol cars have been struck either sitting in the roadway at a crash or on the shoulder," says Sevigney. 

The law says that traffic needs to move over when there are emergency vehicles on the side of the road.  Those vehicles include not only police cars, but fire trucks, ambulances, and even tow trucks.  "Ultimately," says Sevigney, "the objective is that we don't want to get anybody hit."  

When emergency vehicles are on the side of the road with lights on, the area is designated as an emergency zone.  If you can't get into the other lane you need to slow down to below the posted speed limit.  If you don't you could face a $136 fine, or the consequences could be much worse. 

"We want to make sure everybody goes home," says Trooper Sevigney.  "Nobody wants to be involved in one of these crashes."

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