State Patrol Plans Emphasis Patrol on Left-Lane ‘Campers’

By The Chronicle

In response to a number of requests for enforcement, the Washington State Patrol is planning an emphasis patrol to address left-lane “campers.”

The patrol is scheduled to take place Tuesday through Thursday.

RCW 46.61.100 requires all vehicles to keep right on highways except to pass. Drivers who remain in the passing lane for long periods of time without passing are subject to a $136 ticket. 

“Left lane camping can lead to road rage, aggressive driving, traffic congestion and collisions,” according to a press release from the State Patrol. 

Last year, troopers contacted 16,453 accused left-lane campers.

“The WSP would like to remind everyone to save their camping for the wilderness and not the left lane,” the release states. 

“Help us avoid the negative consequences of left lane camping by keeping right except to pass.”