It happens way too often on Washington’s roads. An officer is making a routine traffic stop suddenly a car speeds by too close for comfort…and on some occasions, strikes a Patrol vehicle from behind.

The roads serve as an “office” for first responders all around the state, putting them at a higher risk for injury. In 2015 alone, 33 Washington State Patrol (WSP) cars were hit and consequently damaged. That’s almost three Patrol cars every month. Although Washington State does have a “Move Over” Law (RCW 46.61.212) in place, it hasn’t stopped drivers from speeding by.  Last year, Troopers made contact with 4,216 drivers for the “Move Over” violation.

RCW 46.61.212 requires that vehicles approaching an emergency zone should proceed with due caution, slow down, and if safe move over, or change lanes. Not doing so can run you a $214 citation that cannot be waived or reduced.

Troopers encounter dangerous situations multiple times every shift. We’re asking that you please help them get home safely by simply moving over and slowing down.

The Washington State Patrol will run an emphasis from Thursday, October 27, 2016 to Saturday, October 29,2016 looking for those violating the “Move Over” law. At the end of the day, we want people to be aware, cautious, and make first responders work space less dangerous.

We spoke with WSP Trooper Eisfeldt whose Patrol vehicle was struck by a driver. Keep in mind, Trooper Eisfeldt wasn’t the only one on Patrol that night. His K9 Betty was also in the car during the collision. Here’s their story:

For an official news release on the emphasis, please see: