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Injured trooper reminds drivers about the "move over" law

Posted: 4:41 PM, Jan 08, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-09 01:32:57Z
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Florida Highway Patrolman Nicholas Dolan remembers one of the scariest mornings of his life.

He was on Spring Hill Rd in Hernando County performing a routine traffic stop when a woman speeding by hit him and his patrol unit.

"I was just getting ready to close the door and I looked over my shoulder and there she was," said Dolan.

He then turned and pressed his chest up against the unit, hoping she'd miss him. But the woman's Honda hit him right in the side. The crash damaged both vehicles and left Dolan with minor injuries.

"My heart sank. I got a knot in my stomach," he said. "I couldn't go anywhere."

Thankfully the woman in the Honda and the driver Dolan pulled over were not injured.

Dolan said "it was a hard lesson" for the lady driving the Honda. She told him she didn't know about the "move over" law.

In 2018 first responders, construction workers, and tow truck drivers were involved in 231 crashes. Troopers wrote more than 17,000 tickets. Sgt. Steve Gaskins said that all could have been avoided if drivers followed the law.

"Move over! It's been the law since 2002," said Gaskins.

According to the law, if you can't move over -- for some reason -- you are supposed to reduce your speed 20 miles per hour under the speed limit.

January is Move Over awareness month. Troopers, deputies, and officers have increased patrols to make sure drivers are following the law. If you are caught you will get a five between $150 or $160 depending on the county you're in.

"To avoid a situation like that, move over. It's very simple, " said Gaskins.