Washington State Patrol
A Washington State Patrol car shows damage from a crash caused by an inattentive driver.
As of Thursday, December 17, 2015
SUNNYSIDE Motorists who see flashing emergency lights are required by state law to move over or slow down, but more than 3,800 drivers have been cited statewide this year for violating the law.
According to Washington State Patrol Sgt. Paul Cagle, 174 drivers were cited for violating the law in Yakima County in 2014. That total rose to 186 in 2015.
“The increase in 2015 is more than likely due to the statewide emphasis patrol we conducted in October,” Cagle said.
“The Washington State Patrol will more than likely conduct another emphasis in 2016 as this was very successful in bringing attention to the law,” he added.
Between 2007 and 2014, 212 State Patrol vehicles were struck while conducting traffic stops or assisting motorists.
Three troopers have been injured in collisions over the last seven years as a result of vehicles either striking the trooper or a parked emergency vehicle.