If you fail to slow down or move over when you see an emergency vehicle on the side of the highway, you could get a ticket.
The emergency zone law, which creates a 200-foot safety zone around stationary emergency vehicles that have their lights activated, began Jan. 1. Motorists had a three-month grace period while Washington State Patrol officers educated people about the new law.
Beginning Friday, the law will be enforced, the state patrol said.
Emergency vehicles include police cars, fire and emergency medical service vehicles, tow trucks and state Department of Transportation vehicles. Under the law, the fine will double if you are speeding or fail to move over when passing through the emergency zone.
Troopers will not be conducting "sting" or emergency zone emphases. Troopers will ticket motorists on a case-by-case basis or as incidents occur.
The state's enhanced emergency zone law was built on an earlier "move over" law passed in 2007.