CHARDON, Ohio (FOX 13) - Frightening dash cam video out of Ohio shows the importance of move-over laws, like Florida's.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol said a sergeant with its Chardon post was struck by a vehicle during a traffic stop last week and they shared dramatic video of the crash on Facebook yesterday.
“Thankfully, his injuries weren’t life threatening,” the OSHP post said. “But dash cam video of the incident shows the dangerous nature of these crashes.”
Like Ohio, Florida law requires drivers to move over or slow down when they are approaching an emergency vehicle.
According to the state Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles:
Florida law requires you to Move Over a lane — when you can safely do so — for stopped emergency, sanitation, utility service vehicles and wreckers. If you can’t move over — or when on a two-lane road — slow to a speed that is 20 mph less than the posted speed limit. Slow down to 5 mph when the posted speed limit is 20 mph or less. When you fail to Move Over, you put yourself and others at risk; you could crash into a vehicle or worker. Violating the Move Over law will result in a fine, fees, and points on your driving record. For more information, see Florida Statute 316.126