Captain Jason Berry
Government and Media Relations
(360) 596-4010 – office
(360) 596-4015 – fax
*** For Immediate Release***
August 16, 2011
Contact: Trooper Krista Hedstrom
Cell: (360) 123-4567
Kitsap Troopers to put Emphasis on Emergency Zone Law
Kitsap County -- On January 1, 2011, the Emergency Law went into effect statewide. Troopers began a period of educating the public about the new law. Over seven months later, troopers continue to regularly see drivers disregarding this law.
Motorists in Kitsap County can expect to see troopers actively enforcing this law, primarily along State Routes 3 and 16.
As a reminder, this law requires drivers to move over or slow to a reasonably safe speed when approaching an emergency vehicle stopped stationary along the roadway with audio and/or visual emergency equipment activated. This law went into effect in 2007, and was enhanced in 2011 to create a 200-foot zone around stationary emergency vehicles. Emergency vehicles include police cars, fire and EMS vehicles, tow trucks and WSDOT vehicles.
Under this law, the fine will be treated similar to a construction zone, doubling the fine if you are speeding or fail to move over when passing through an emergency zone.
For more information about the emergency zone law, please visit: http://www.youtube.com/user/wspgovandmedia#p/u/5/c9L8YIyt90U