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Aug 27, 2013 3:25 PM by Maddie Garrett

Troopers emphasize Move Over Law after troopers hit and driver killed

Two State Troopers were injured and a tow truck driver was killed all within three days of each other. It's a trend Colorado State Patrol says is disturbing, and can be stopped if drivers would pay attention and adhere to the laws.

The most recent accident happened Monday afternoon on South Academy near Bradley Road. Trooper said drivers often speed through that area, so they patrol it heavily. However, when a trooper tried to pull over a speeding driver, another vehicle rear ended the patrol card.

The State Trooper was taken to the hospital with minor injuries, along with the driver of the other vehicle and two passengers. Fortunately no one was killed in the crash, however the State has to pay for repairs to the patrol car or replace it.

State Patrol said these kinds of accidents are happening all too often. Just last Saturday in Weld County, another trooper was hit while stopping at an accident, along with a tow truck driver. The tow truck driver was killed.

Trooper Nate Reid said they are simply asking drivers to pay more attention out on the road.

"We just want people to be aware and know that these guys are just doing their jobs and they want to get home to their family safe, and they can do so with the assistance of you, if you just eliminate those distractions," said Reid.

Colorado has a state law that requires drivers to move over if there is an emergency vehicle on the side of the road. The Move Over Law says that if any emergency vehicle, such as police, trooper, ambulance, tow truck, etc, is on the side of the road with their emergency lights on, you are required to move over to put at least one lane in between you and the emergency vehicle.

If you are not able to move over to another lane, the law requires drivers to slow down significantly to remain safe and avoid an accident. A good rule of thumb is to slow down at least 10 miles below the speed limit.

Lawmakers said it's a danger police encounter almost daily, which is why the Move Over Law was created. If a driver doesn't obey the law, they can be ticketed.

 

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