VIDEO: Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Struck By Car During Traffic Stop
By Space Coast Daily // February 11, 2016
raising awareness about state's "move over" law
ABOVE VIDEO: Driver hits, seriously injures Florida Highway Patrol trooper near West Palm Beach.
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles has released dash-cam video of a trooper being struck by a driver on Florida’s Turnpike to raise awareness about the state’s “move over” law.
Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Mac Mickens was seriously injured in the Oct. 18 crash in West Palm Beach.
According to authorities, Mickens pulled a vehicle over on the highway for speeding. As he was walking back to his patrol car, he was struck by an SUV.
The video shows the driver also crashing into the car that Mickens had pulled over. Mickens was thrown to the front of the patrol car and shattered his pelvis.
FHP troopers were the first to respond to the scene and help Mickens until further help arrived to take him to a hospital.
The release of the video comes in honor of “Move Over Month,” when law enforcement officers want to remind the public about Florida’s law, which requires drivers to move over a lane, if they can safely do so, for stopped emergency, sanitation, utility service and wrecker vehicles.
If a driver can’t move over, or if they are driving on a two-lane road, drivers must slow down to 20 mph less than the posted speed limit or slow to 5 mph when the posted speed limit is 20 mph or less.
Violating the “Move Over” law can result in fines, fees and points on your driving record.
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