In Connecticut, five state troopers and two auxiliary troopers have been killed in the line of duty because drivers didn’t move over.
Connecticut State Police said this is happening too often, and now they are asking that when you see the flashing lights, move one lane over.
Last fall, Trooper First Class Curt Booker was finishing up a traffic stop in Union when he saw something he had less than 3 seconds to react to.
“I happened to look in my rearview mirror and it was a tractor trailer on the shoulder was approaching my vehicle from behind at highway speeds,” Booker said.
He said he immediately braced for impact.
“The front part of the trailer came by me and then impact,” Booker said.
The truck clipped his driver side mirror and sideswiped the car he had just pulled over.
Thankfully nobody was injured and the truck driver did stop.
“He said he never saw us. I said to the truck driver ‘you had a clear line of sight, I got my lights on, there’s no way you should have missed me.’ His response was ‘yea, I probably should have gotten over earlier’,” Booker said.
Booker’s story, according to state police, is happening more often.
Last November, a speeding driver slammed into two cars that had just been in a crash on I-95 in Fairfield.
The car narrowly missed the two drivers on the side of the road.
This is why state police are reminding drivers to move over, as it is the law.
“Next week, Feb. 22, we’re going to be doing all of our advertising reminding people we have this law. And then the following week we’re going to be doing enforcement. Our goal is to write zero tickets,” said Connecticut State Trooper Kelly Grant.
Booker said it’s just a few feet that separates life from death on the highways.
“It was divine intervention why I’m here. Because another 5 feet to the right, we would be talking about something different,” Booker said.
If you find yourself in a situation where you can’t move over, police said to slow down, as it may save a trooper’s life.
If you don’t, police said the ticket is $181.
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