COLUMBUS (WCMH) — You know the phrase “move over or slow down!” But Ohio drivers continue to cause accidents.
It’s happening more and more on Ohio’s busy roadways. Troopers getting hit even killed on the side of the road because drivers won’t change lanes.
The State Highway Patrol wants to remind all motorists when traveling on the interstate to move over for law enforcement. This law is not just for safety of officers but also for all roadside workers.
OSHP posted a video on its Facebook page where a trooper was nearly struck by a box truck.
“Our trooper and the person in that car was uninjured,” said Lt. Robert Sellers. “The trooper had stopped the car for a traffic violation. A vehicle that was in the left lane next to the box truck that you see strike the car, that vehicle slowed down and moved to the right lane to the left to avoid potentially re-ending the car in front of it.”
That same car struck the box truck pushing it into the stopped car on the side of the road.
“What we like to see and what Ohio law requires is if there is a lane available to the left you need to move over. If there is no other lane available you need to slow down or stop,” said Sellers.
In dash cam video from July 2016, a sergeant was struck by a vehicle during a traffic stop.
Thankfully the sergeant didn’t suffer any major injuries, but this shows the dangerous natures of these crashes.
“Here in Ohio over the last five years, we’ve had over 70 troopers struck while on the side of the road.”
Sellers says about 82 percent of these crashes occur on interstates and US and state routes.