The Ohio State Highway Patrol released dash cam footage from an accident that happened in July 2016 to a Sergeant near Chardon, Ohio. The State Highway Patrol issues warnings to motorists to move over when approaching patrol vehicles that have motorists pulled over. However it is equally important to remain in your vehicle if you are pulled over.
Many people believe that they are free to walk about or get outside their vehicle and debate with officers when pulled over on roadside stops. This only puts you in danger and makes the officers less comfortable. The reason the officers do not want you outside is for their safety as much as yours.
If the person the officer had pulled over in this stop shown had been out of her vehicle she may have been killed. Stay inside your vehicle at all times unless directed by an officer to do otherwise!
Please read “5 Things To Do If Stopped By the Police In a Car”
This message was delivered by the Ohio State Highway Patrol on their Facebook page regarding the collision:
A sergeant with the Chardon Post was struck by a vehicle last week during a traffic stop on U.S. Route 322 near Chardon, Ohio. Thankfully, his injuries weren’t life threatening. But dash cam video of the incident shows the dangerous nature of these crashes.
All drivers should move over to an adjacent lane when approaching any vehicle with flashing or rotating lights parked on the roadside, according to Ohio law. If moving over is not possible due to traffic or weather conditions, or because a second lane does not exist, motorists should slow down and proceed with caution.
Troopers are serious about citing motorists who break this law; in fact, over 10,000 motorists received citations for violating the move over law from 2011 to 2015. It’s up to motorists to make the right decision to move over.
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