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'Move over law' emphasis patrols begin Wednesday

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Washington State Patrol troopers will conduct statewide "Slow Down, Move Over" emphasis patrols starting Wednesday and through October 20. The purpose is to help both troopers and citizens get home safely by bringing awareness to the Move Over Law.

In 2015, Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance data indicates a total of 3,852 people died in large truck crashes. According to the data, 16 percent of these deaths were truck occupants, 69 percent were occupants of cars and other passenger vehicles. A majority of these collisions were preventable because they were caused by unsafe driving. According to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission's data, in Washington State in 2016, there were 48 fatal and 96 serious injury collisions involving heavy trucks weighing more than 10,000 pounds. Out of these 2016 collisions, 51 people were killed and 118 people were seriously injured.

In the last two years, 62 patrol cars have been hit and 24 troopers injured. There's an average of one trooper injured every month.

Washington State Patrol reports that incoming inclement weather season is when they see a rise in the number of patrol cars hit. The Washington State Patrol would like to remind drivers to slow down and move over when they see emergency lights. It's safe and it's the law.

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