Traffic stop

EPHRATA – The Washington State Patrol is looking for drivers “camping” in the left lane during emphasis patrols next week.

Troopers are conducting statewide patrol from June 20-22, cracking down on drivers in the left lane for extended periods, according to the state patrol on Friday.

Under state law, the left lane is to be used only for passing other vehicles or allowing vehicles to merge. The extra patrols are designed to bring awareness to the law.

“The Washington State Patrol targets left lane violators to educate them on the consequences of ‘camping’ in the left lane,” officials stated. “Left lane camping can lead to road rage, aggressive driving, traffic congestion and collisions.”

Drivers caught in the left lane for extended periods could face a $136 ticket.

The state patrol contacted more than 16,000 left lane violators in 2016.