Troopers Urge Motorists to Move Over

Posted at: 04/03/2013 6:35 PM
Updated at: 04/03/2013 6:50 PM
By: Katie Eldred

(ABC 6 News) -- Ten state patrol officers have been hit since the year started. The state patrol says that's ten too many.


Minnesota state law requires drivers to move over an entire lane when emergency vehicles are on the side of the road, but too many drivers still ignoring that law.

State trooper Lt. Dan Lewis was one of those hit just last month. He says enough is enough.

"The neck hurts, the back hurts, and the hands tingle," said Lt. Lewis.

Lt. Dan Lewis was injured when his squad car was hit while he was pulled over helping another driver in the ditch. Sadly enough this was not the first time Lt. Lewis has been hit.

"The impact was really bad, like we've talked about before I've been hit several times and this one was without a doubt the hardest," said Lt. Lewis.

The state's "Move Over" law was put into after trooper Ted Foss’ death. It's a subject that's hard for Lt. Lewis to talk about.

“We went to college together and the state patrol academy together, he was killed when he was hit by a semi on I-90 down by Winona,” said Lt. Lewis.

To this day, people still disregard the law. During a ride along with state trooper's on Wednesday, we saw more than six cars clearly ignore the law. Putting trooper Mitch Elzen's life in danger.

With so many accidents this year already, the state patrol held a news conference to encourage drivers to pay attention.

While Lt. Lewis is doing okay.

"It's not like this is going to heal tomorrow,"

He and his fellow troopers have had enough. 

"It's very frustrating for us because we're out here to help people and I'm pretty sure if I look in my job description  it doesn't say anything about getting run over, but it happens way too often," said Lt. Lewis.

Since 2010, 79 troopers have been hit.

If the safety reason are not enough reason for drivers to move over a ticket for not doing so will cost more than $100 dollars.