Acting Captain Rob Huss
Government and Media Relations
(360) 596-4010 – office
(360) 596-4015 – fax

*** For Immediate Release***

Date: November 8, 2012
Contact: Trooper Julie Judson
Phone: (425) 766-0812
Twitter: @wspd2pio

Metro Buses Remind Drivers What to do Approaching Emergency Zones

As of November 1, 2012, select Metro buses in King County are displaying posters to remind drivers to “Move Over or Slow Down” for Emergency Zones.

King County Metro joined in the partnership with Washington Department of Transportation, the King County Sheriff’s office, 911 Driving School, the Kent Police Department and the Washington State Patrol to increase awareness on Washington State’s Emergency Zone Law. During the six months following November 1st, three Metro transit busses in the South King County area will be displaying a poster that reminds drivers what they are required to do when approaching an emergency zone.

“The importance of drivers being attentive while approaching and traveling through emergency zones cannot be overstated.” says Washington State Patrol District Commander, Captain Chris Gundermann.

The posters being displayed are a visual reminder of what the law requires of drivers in emergency zones. This increased awareness will help change unsafe driving habits and save lives.

Washington State Law, RCW 46.61.212, defines the emergency zone as the as adjacent lanes of the roadway two hundred feet before and after the stationary vehicle that is properly using audible and/or visual signals. As of January 1, 2011, the fine for failure to move over or slow down in an emergency zone is $248.00 and the fine for exceeding the speed limit in an emergency zone is doubled. A person who drives a vehicle in an emergency zone in such a manner as to endanger, or be likely to endanger, any emergency zone worker can be charged with a gross misdemeanor.