Wisconsin State Patrol Trooper nearly struck by semi on I-43

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SHEBOYGAN (WITI) — The Wisconsin State Patrol is reminding drivers to move over or slow down when encountering law enforcement and other emergency vehicles on the side of roadways. This, after a trooper was nearly struck by a semi as he walked back to his cruiser.

State Patrol Trooper Jim Reese stopped a driver for speeding on I-43 in Sheboygan County on Friday morning, July 19th. As Trooper Reese was walking back to his cruiser after talking to the driver of the stopped vehicle, a semi hit the side of the cruiser. It was all captured on camera.

Wisconsin’s Move Over Law requires drivers to shift lanes if possible or slow down in order to create a safety zone for a law enforcement vehicle, ambulance, fire truck, tow truck or highway maintenance vehicle that is stopped on the side of a road with its warning lights flashing.

Failure of motorists to create a safety zone by moving over or slowing down is one of the major reasons that motor vehicle crashes kill more law enforcement officers on duty than any other cause.