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Video Shows State Trooper’s Close Call

Dashcam video from a Wisconsin State Trooper’s cruiser shows why there’s a law requiring drivers to move over when they see a law enforcement officer or emergency vehicle operating on the side of the highway. The state’s Department of Transportation posted the 30 second video on YouTube showing State Trooper Jim Reese walking back to his car from a motorist he stopped on I-43 south of Sheboygan last Friday morning. The trooper steps back and away from the squad just as it’s clipped by a semi. He wasn’t hurt in the accident. Thirty-nine-year-old David Christian of Hoffman Estates, Illinois was driving the truck. He was cited for inattentive driving and failure to change lane for an emergency vehicle. YouTube video.
Comments 3
Anonymous commented on 25-Jul-2013 08:19 AM3 out of 5 stars
If you look closely you can see the truck driver couldn't move over because there was an ambulance passing (speeding) him on his left.
Anonymous commented on 25-Jul-2013 01:53 PM3 out of 5 stars
You are able to tell how fast the ambulance was going? Also the law says if you cannot move over then slow down to a safe speed. Obviously his speed was not safe enough to avoid a collision. The law doesn't say if you can't move over then smash into the nearest state patrol vehicle.
Anonymous commented on 25-Jul-2013 04:52 PM3 out of 5 stars
It's obvious that the truck driver was going way to fast. And being distracted by the ambulance to his left.The truck driver can see above the rest of the cars on the road. If he was paying attention he would have seen the troopers car up ahead. In turn he would of had time to slow down to let the ambulance go by and make a safe lane change.Been in the same situation already and I was able to safely move into the left lane. Always remember if your driving you are the responsible person for your actions behind the wheel.

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