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State Patrol reminds drivers about "Move Over Law"


EAU CLAIRE, WI (WTAQ) - The State Patrol reminds drivers to move away from emergency vehicles that are stopped along the roads.

That’s after a semi-truck driver came within inches of hitting a car that was stopped along Interstate 94 near Eau Claire – and a trooper’s dashboard camera captured the near-miss on video.

It showed the trooper on the right side of the vehicle, talking with a driver he stopped, when the semi whizzed by at full speed and almost sideswiped the auto. Had the trooper stood on the driver’s side, officials said he would have been struck by the semi, and possibly killed.

The trucker was later ticketed, and he admitted being tired at the time.

Wisconsin’s “Move Over Law” was adopted a few years ago, after a series of freeway crashes in Milwaukee County in which sheriff’s deputies were struck and killed. The law requires drivers to move over one lane to give emergency personnel more room – or to slow down if a move is not possible.

Last year, the State Patrol said 10 of its vehicles were struck while they were stopped. Eight officers were injured. So far in 2012, officials say 6 squads have been hit with no troopers hurt.