‘Slow Down, Move Over’ law critical for trooper safety

Washington State Patrol

SPOKANE, Wash — Washington’s ‘Slow Down, Move Over’ law requires drivers to move over 200 feet before and after an emergency vehicle is pulled over on the side of the road.

Despite the law being in place, motor vehicle-related incidents are the leading cause of line of duty deaths for law enforcement officers in the U.S, according to the CDC.

“Yeah, I am concerned sometimes if traffic is flying by 60 miles an hour on the freeway, it does get concerning, yeah,” said Washington State Patrol Trooper Ryan Senge,

Oftentimes, the law he explains is ignored and not enough to ensure protection.

“I think that, if we, there’s no amount of ad campaigns that I’ve seen over the years, that will tell people that the law is a thing,” he said. “So, I think that we need to just continue doing our mission through education, and stopping people and talking to them, and reaching out to your friends and family and saying, ‘Hey, you know, this is a big problem.'”

Trooper Senger is urging drivers to not be distracted on the road, explaining at least three troopers were recently hit by drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

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