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

*** For Immediate Release***

Date: October 26, 2016
Contact: Sergeant James Prouty
Phone: (360) 596-4014
Twitter: @wastatepatrol

51 Troopers Injured and 141 Patrol Cars Hit in the Past 5 Years

Olympia -- Washington State Patrol (WSP) Troopers will conduct a statewide "Slow Down, Move Left, for Emergency Lights" emphasis from October 27, 2016 through October 29, 2016. The purpose is to bring increased awareness to the "Move Over Law" which helps both troopers and citizens get home safe.

WSP had 33 Patrol Cars hit and 16 Troopers injured in 2015 alone

Patrol Cars that have been hit

RCW 46.61.212 Approaching Emergency Zones is the "Move Over Law". It requires that vehicles approaching an emergency zone should proceed with due caution, slow down, and if safe move over, or change lanes.

The inclement weather season is about to start and this is when we 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.

For 2016 Move Over Video and Pictures -- Please Click Here