Captain Monica Alexander
Government and Media Relations
(360) 596-4010 – office
(360) 596-4015 – fax

*** For Immediate Release***

Date: January 01, 2016
Contact: Trooper Darren Wright
Phone: (509) 679-6228
Twitter: @wspd6pio

Parking on Highway for Winter Recreation is Illegal

Snoqualmie Pass -- Washington State Patrol (WSP) Captain Rob Huss reminds you to not park on the shoulder of the highway or in the interchange area to enjoy winter recreation. At times last weekend on Snoqualmie Pass traffic congestion and parking was so bad that if needed, an ambulance, DOT plow truck or emergency workers would have had a difficult time getting through the congestion.

parkedcars With the recent accumulation of snow and the start of a new ski season, we would expect an increase in visitors coming to the pass to ski, snowshoe, go sledding, or some of the many other recreational opportunities the pass area offers. Troopers will be out enforcing the laws reference parking on the shoulders of the highway and interchange ramps.

Skiers and outdoor enthusiasts are reminded that per the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) it is unlawful for the operator of a vehicle to leave an unattended vehicle on a highway unless the operator of the vehicle arranges for the prompt removal of the vehicle. The shoulders of the highway and interchange are for emergency use and emergency parking only. Parking on the shoulder to play in the snow is not an emergency and is subject to a ticket, and the possibility of the vehicle being impounded.

Motorists are reminded prior to traveling this winter to check road conditions by going to the Washington Department of Transportation web site at or by calling 511.