In 2011, a law in Washington State began that is known as the "Move Over, Slow Down" law.
Essentially, in an emergecny zone, you need to either slow down (which you can ALWAYS do) or move over (if you can).
The actual law explains that an emergency zone is: "...the adjacent lanes of the roadway two hundred feet before and after a stationary authorized emergency vehicle that is making use of audible and/or visual signals... a tow truck that is making use of visual red lights... other vehicles providing roadside assistance that are making use of warning lights... or a police vehicle properly and lawfully displaying a flashing, blinking, or alternating emergency light or lights."
The law goes on to explain that in the emergecny zone: "...proceed with caution and, if reasonable, with due regard for safety and traffic conditions, yield the right-of-way by making a lane change or moving away from the lane or shoulder occupied by the stationary authorized emergency vehicle or police vehicle..." This includes scenes where someone has been pulled over and flashing lights are visible.
If you are caught breaking this law, you could face reckless endangerment charges AND have your license suspended. Fines are doubled in emergency zones as well. And, on top of that, NOT doing these things puts people in serious danger.
Case and point - this morning. Around 8:30 today, a vehicle carrying a load of sheet metal spilled it all over northbound I5 at MLK Way (super illegal, btw). It caused a major delay on I5 and tow trucks were on scene to help clear it.
While it was being cleared, one of the tow trucks was struck by another vehicle, causing a NEW wreck to block part of I5 (pictured on the left). This sort of collision involving a vehicle traveling 60mph hitting a stationary vehicle could cause serious injury... or worse.
Be smart and follow the laws - they are there to protect EVERYONE, not just to get you to work on time. When behind the wheel of a vehicle, safety should ALWAYS be #1. Click here for an awesome brochure about the law.
Pls Move over for Emergency Vehicles, I-5/MLK: tow truck was struck by a car. Right two lanes are blocked.— WA State Patrol (@wastatepatrol) December 4, 2013
That's Obama, not Oprah, bt-dubs. The leader of the free world makes yet another visit to Seattle on Sunday afternoon, and while we don't have specific travel times, POTUS' plane is expected to lane at Seatac around 4:30pm.
Obama leaves the Oval Office for a fundraising mission that will take him to North Seattle for an event Sunday evening. We can assume that his route will take him from Seatac, East on 518 and north on I-5 to North Seattle, so that means closures of on & off ramps and the mainline, of course while the motorcade rolls through.
El Presidente is then expected to roll out Monday morning and is believed to be departing the Emerald City and Seatac shortly before 9am. Yep, you guessed it, that means all those closures will be happening for our Monday commute. We know what you're thinking, morning commutes are already super fun, this one will be downright delightful! ;-)
**UPDATED info- Obama is staying at the Westin in Downtown Seattle. As a result, there are some surface street closures that will remain in effect through most of the morning:
*Virginia Street closed between 4th & 6th Ave ( no access from any adjacent alleys)
*5th Ave closed between Lenora & Stewart St (parking lot b/w Lenora & Virginia is open & accessible from the alley off Lenora)
*Westin Building Parking garage is not accessible unless arrangements have been made with the US Secret Service
*Pedestrians restricted on the south side of Virginia between 5th & 6th and on the north side only when the President is coming & going.
*Be advised that Metro busses will be rerouted during this time.
Between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, there are only 27 days(!!!). Not even a full month! Not even 4 weeks! So, this year, I decided to put up the tree "early" - three and half weeks is NOT enough time to enjoy a tree (in my opinion hehe). Usually I wait for Black Friday to roll around, but this year is a bit different; I won't be home on Black Friday, so I decided to put it up before I left for Thanksgiving vacation - there is nothing better than coming home to a warm and cozy apartment full of holiday cheer.
PLUS, decorating early gives me a chance to really make it perfect, and pass along some good ideas to you!
First, I started with my 6-foot tall faux tree crammed into the only corner of our apartment that it'll fit in to. I think next year I'll have to upgrade to one of Wight's gorgeous artificial trees; they have a whole forest of them for you to pick from (and right now they are 20% off!)! Next, I added lights. Then I took all of the incredible ornaments and stuff I got at Wight's and put them out so I could get a game plan going.
I got classic white ball ornaments (some in the box of 12 were matte finish and some were glossy), silver sparkly large ornaments, a few birds (mostly adorable owls), some 'sweater' type ornaments, some fake snowball ornaments, an awesome clock ornament, some amazing slowflake ornaments, a snowshoe ornament, a glittery piece of garland, and some pine cones. I started decorating with what I had the most of - the white ball ornaments - and then moved on to the large silver ornaments and garland.
When I got the pine cones at Wight's, I wasn't 100% sure how I was going to use them, I just knew I wanted to add the 'natural' aspect to my sparkly tree. Just setting them on the branches of my fake tree didn't work; I wanted to make them look like they had grown on my tree. So, I got a little crafy with it. I took the pine cones and heated up my hot glue gun. On the bottom of each one, I added a tiny piece of green floral wire. After they cooled, it was amazingly easy to add them to my tree!
I also decorated an awesome garland over our entertainment system to really complete the look in our living room. I used gorgeous snow-covered magnolias from Wight's to give it a soft, wintry feel. The white looks great against the deep green of the garland.
Aaaaaaand voila! Everything has come together! I think I might add some hand-cut paper snowflakes to my tree in order to really fill it out, BUT, the stuff I got at Wight's really added class to my tree and took it up a notch from what I had been doing in years past. All of the stuff I got at Wight's is perfect, I'll definitely be heading back there next year! Make sure to check out Wight's for everything YOU need to decorate your home for the holidays - and let Ashley and I know what you get! We'll share photos that you send to us right here :)