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FHP troopers nearly hit while working traffic crash in Leon County

Posted at 8:48 PM, May 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-10 21:10:05-04

LEON COUNTY, Fla. — Two Florida Highway Patrol troopers were nearly hit by a car while working a traffic crash in Leon County.

On April 21, an FHP trooper was investigating a traffic crash when a driver hit his vehicle, ripping his driver’s side door off as he exited his patrol car, missing him by inches.

The driver continued and nearly hit another FHP trooper, who was on the paved shoulder at the same traffic crash. He was able to avoid the vehicle by running out of the path of the car and onto the grass shoulder.

The Florida Move Over law was enacted in 2002 to protect law enforcement officers, and public service workers in danger while they are on the job protecting and serving the citizens and visitors of Florida. Nationwide First responders, tow truck drivers, and public service workers have been killed due to motorists failing to move over.

FHP (Troop H) has designated each Monday to be “Move Over Monday.” Troop H started the “Move Over Monday” enforcement detail in April to educate motorists in Leon County about the Move Over Law as well as how to safely Move Over or slow down.

Since January 1, 14 law enforcement officers nationwide, have been killed by vehicles that "Failed to Move Over".