Move Over, Slow Down campaign gets underway

By on Friday, March 10th, 2023 in Columbia Basin News Columbia Basin Top Stories

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Patrol will conduct a Move Over, Slow Down campaign beginning this weekend and continuing through April. The focus will be on educating drivers about the importance of a state law which requires motorists to move over or slow down when approaching emergency or work zones.

To avoid a collision, Trooper Ben Crabtree advises motorists to look far enough ahead down the road to be able to anticipate the need to move over or slow down.

“You can see the risks for you, as the driver, that are coming up,” Crabtree said.

Per state law, motorists approaching an emergency zone or a work zone are required to move over one lane, if possible, or slow down by at least 10 miles per hour below the posted speed limit. An emergency or work zone includes the 200 feet of roadway prior to and after the incident or area of work.

While the majority of drivers understand the law requires motorists to move over or slow down for police, fire, and ambulance crews, the WSP reminds motorists that the law also includes tow trucks and work crews who have vehicles with audible or visual signals, such as a tow truck’s flashing lights.

Photo courtesy Washington State Patrol