ALMOST HIT: Near Misses ‘Happen All The Time’

It was a close call for three police officers. And a wake-up call for motorists.

Police car dash-camera video shows a pick-up truck careening out of control near Iowa City Friday, missing three police officers by just inches. It’s all because police say the driver of a tractor trailer didn’t slow down near stopped emergency vehicles, as he is required to do by law, and slammed into the pick up.

And it happens more than you might think. We pulled over with a state trooper Tuesday afternoon. His emergency lights were on, and most cars did the right thing – they merged over and slowed down. But in less than two minutes, a car sped past us.

“It happens all the time,” says Trooper Tyson Sonnenfelt of the Iowa State Patrol. “As you said under two minutes and traffic stops gonna take probably around ten minutes, fifteen minutes depending on the stop. So in that amount of time you can only imagine how many people break that law.”

The law requires you to move over, freeing up the lane closest to a stopped emergency vehicle, if you can safely do that. If not, you must slow down to below the posted speed limit. Violating the law can lead to a $195 fine.


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