Emergency Vehicle Laws


  • One of the most dangerous parts of a law enforcement officer’s job is responding to accidents or pulling people over on the side of a highway.  The Washington State Patrol asks people to pay attention and give them the space they need to safely do that job.
  • The Move Over Law was developed to keep emergency vehicles and personnel safe at accident scenes.   This law is about the safety of the people working on the road, whether it is a trooper, fire fighter, or tow truck driver.  
The fine for not moving over or slowing down is $248.

The Move Over Law requires drivers to adjust their speed and position when passing an accident scene, developing an emergency zone around an emergency vehicle 200 feet before and 200 feet after the area where an emergency vehicle is parked.

Drivers need to change to the lane furthest from the emergency vehicles, and slow down to a reasonable speed; but do not slow down to 10 or 30 mph on the freeway.  Slow down so you are able to stop and not become part of the problem.