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Washington’s Move Over Law Becomes Stricter in 2011

Dec 30th, 2010 | By | Category: National News

Starting January 1, approved the State of Washington’s Move Over law will become stricter following the death of a Seattle tow truck driver who was killed on the roadside in September.

Currently, Washington drivers must move over one lane or slow down when emergency crews are working on the road. The law, which includes tow trucks, applies when the emergency crews are stationary and either have their lights flashing or sirens activated. Beginning in January 2011, the law makes it a violation to exceed the speed limit within 200 feet of an emergency zone, even after moving over, a news report said. The state patrol said drivers may also be charged with reckless endangerment to emergency zone workers if it is determined that their actions are likely to endanger an emergency zone worker. A conviction for this will result in a 60-day license suspension, the report said.

Violators of the law face a $124 fine, and after Jan. 1, traffic fines will double for motorists pulled over for infractions they cause in the emergency zone.