Posted at: 08/31/2013 10:16 PM
Updated at: 08/31/2013 11:47 PM
Trooper Death Anniversary Prompts Extra Enforcement
(ABC 6 News)-- Lt. Dan Lewis has gotten nicked up over the years.
11 times in his 27 years as a trooper, Lewis has gotten hit by passing vehicles when stalled on the highway. Many he's pulled over for breaking the law have come up with the same excuse.
"Wasn’t thinking… The wasn't thinking is what's getting us hurt. ‘Cause it just takes a second to twitch that wheel and you're in the rear end of a squad car and taking out a trooper and that's not a good thing," said Lewis.
That's why instead of patrolling the streets, Ted Foss has a golf tournament in his honor. Foss is a former trooper who was struck and killed on the highway 13 years ago.
The “move over law” is designed to give a safety cushion to officers that are making the traffic stops or helping at a crash.
“There's frustrating days and there's days like this that you're pleased with the effort and pleased with the fact that they're doing their best to get over," said Lewis.
Only twice in the hour or so I was with Lt. Lewis did cars not move to the proper lane when passing a stalled police vehicle.
The law has expanded over the years to include not only emergency vehicles, but any maintenance worker with their lights flashing.
“They get hit too. They got families too," said Lewis.
Breaking the move over law means an individual is charged with inattentive driving and driving too fast for conditions.
Another loss is something Lt. Lewis does not want to deal with.
“A huge chunk of us is left at that fatal crash or the families’ death notification, and at some point in time you run out of chunks," said Lewis.