OLYMPIA — The Washington state Senate has unanimously approved a bill that would make emergency and work zones safer for those working in them.

HB-1469 requires drivers passing emergency and work zone vehicles to reduce speeds, change lanes and move away from the vehicle.

Speeds must be reduced a minimum of 10 mph below the posted limit, if changing lanes or moving away from the vehicle isn’t safe.

The bill was sponsored by Rep. Bill Jenkins (R-Prosser).

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