LEE COUNTY, Fla.- A dangerous crash on I-75 last night involving a Lee County deputy, could have been much worse. The deputy was conducting a traffic stop near Corkscrew Road when another driver slammed into the patrol car.
The entire month of June, troopers are focusing enforcement efforts on Florida's Move Over law that requires drivers to move over or slow down when troopers, DOT crews or emergency personnel are working on the side of the road.
An FHP trooper has already died this year after being hit by a driver on the side of the interstate. Last night was another close call. The Lee deputy was making a stop on I-75 in an unmarked vehicle, when two vehicles crashed into that patrol car, causing a multi-vehicle crash and sending two to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
It's close calls like this that have troopers reminding the public that this is not only for everyone's safety, but it's the law.
"All the more importance to make a difference starting today and we're out aggressively trying to enforce this law, but it would be so much easier of the public would just cooperate move over. If you can't move over, reduce your speed by 20 miles an hour," said Lt. Gregory Bueno.
According to troopers, not following this law is a ticketable offense that comes with three points on your driver's license and fines that start at $161.