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Date:  Friday, December 07, 2012


Washington State Patrol Media Release

Chief John R. Batiste

Trooper Darren Wright
Phone: (509) 679-6228
E-mail: Darren.Wright@WSP.WA.GOV
Twitter: @wspd6pio

WENATCHEE - Washington State Patrol (WSP) Captain Karen DeWitt reminds you to not park on the shoulder of the highway to go skiing. At times last season on Steven’s Pass traffic congestion and parking was so bad that if needed a DOT plow truck or emergency workers would have had a difficult time getting through the congestion.

With the prediction of snow in the forecast and the start of a new ski season, we would expect an increase in skiers coming to the pass to ski. Troopers will be out enforcing the laws reference parking on the shoulders of the highway.

Skiers and outdoor enthusiasts are reminded that per the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) it is unlawful for the operator of a vehicle to leave an unattended vehicle on a highway unless the operator of the vehicle arranges for the prompt removal of the vehicle. The shoulders of the highway are for emergency use and emergency parking only. Parking on the shoulder to ski is not an emergency and is subject to a $124.00 dollar fine and the possibility of the vehicle being impounded.

Motorists are reminded prior to traveling this winter to check road conditions by going to the Washington Department of Transportation web site at by calling 511.


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