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Police to enforce Oregon's Move Over law during Tuesday sting

Washington County Sheriff's Office, others, to focus on enforcement during one-day sting.

PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP FILE PHOTO - The Washington County Sheriff's Office will be conducting a sting on drivers in Washington County on Tuesday, reminding them of the importance to move one lane over when passing emergency vehicles. Drivers in Washington County on Tuesday should get out of the way, or face a fine.

Washington County Sheriff's deputies, Oregon State Police troopers and the Oregon Department of Transportation will be out in force on Tuesday, Nov. 15, reminding drivers of Oregon’s Move-Over law, which requires drivers to move to the left lane when passing emergency vehicles parked along the roadside.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office announced on Monday that it would be conducting stings along highways in Washington County to help educate drivers of the law, as part of National Traffic Incident Response Week.

The Oregon law was put into place in 2010 to protect police officers during routine traffic stops. Oregon drivers are required to move to the next left lane when passing an emergency vehicle or tow truck. If there isn’t another lane available, drivers should slow down, about five miles below the speed limit.

The law comes with a $260 fine.

Tuesday’s sting will focus on Interstate 5, Interstate 205 and Highway 26 during the morning and afternoon hours, the Sheriff's Office said on Monday.

Between 2003 and 2012, 138 police officers were struck and killed by vehicles along highways nationwide.

“Traffic incidents are the leading cause of death for both police officers and EMS/EMT responders,” the Sheriff’s Office said in a release.

About one in every seven police officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty die in vehicle crashes, the Sheriff’s office said. Many of those involved drivers crashing into officers or parked emergency vehicles along the roadside.