They’re scenes just about every driver has passed on the shoulder of a road:
A police officer standing next to a vehicle he’s pulled over, writing out a ticket or a warning; or an officer with a sometimes-distraught driver, dealing with a disabled vehicle in a dangerous spot on the roadway.
Unfortunately, they’re scenes too many drivers fail to take proper precautions around to ensure the safety of the motorist, the law enforcement officer, and the drivers themselves.
And the outcome can be devastating.
In a Facebook post last week, the New York State Police offered a grim reminder of what can happen when passing motorists fail to “move over” – change lanes when approaching a disabled vehicle to give the responding officers room to do their jobs.
“This is why we need you to#MoveOver. It’s the law,” the post states.
“One of our members, along with the disabled vehicle he was assisting was struck by a tractor trailer on Wednesday.
“The driver was ticketed and luckily only minor injuries were reported.”
The post doesn’t describe the location or many details about the crash – just the fact that thankfully, this time, there were no serious injuries.
But there were plenty of responses – including quite a few coming to the defense of the truck driver involved, as many Facebook users noted that too many motorists don’t give long trucks room to get move over a lane when approaching the scene of police activity.
“My husband is a truck driver and people don’t allow trucks to move over. People are horrible to truck drivers,” one Facebook user wrote
“People are constantly cutting him off, slamming on their brakes, and so forth. He can’t stop on a dime like cars do. Truck drivers are not given enough respect on the road which is unfortunate because their vehicles are so much bigger and cause much more damage.”
Without knowing the details of this particular incident, of course, it’s impossible to render an opinion.
But if there’s one thing for sure, it’s that — contrary to what the cop-hating leftists would like the American public to believe — the vast majority of the men and women who are patrolling the nation’s roadways are doing it with the public’s safety uppermost in mind.
Liberals might have become insensitive to the idea that police officers are at more risk of injury than almost any other line of work — some of the fringier progressives might even be outright hostile to law enforcement entirely — but the saner elements of the population understand just how much of a risk cops are running every time they put on the uniform and go on duty.
Most people can’t help them directly, but anyone who gets behind the wheel can do their part.
Every driver on the road knows that when an emergency vehicle is flashing its lights, the smartest, safest thing to do is give it a wide berth.
Slow down, move over a lane if it can be done safely, and keep your eyes open.
Everyone wants to get off the road alive.
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