Troopers ask motorists to 'move over' on roadways
MACON, Mo. —
A decal on Sergeant Eric Brown’s police cruiser is a constant reminder of the dangers he faces as a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper.
"Anyone who has worked in law enforcement really long has some type of story where a vehicle they were in or a vehicle at a crash site or traffic stop was struck," Brown said.
The decal is of 32-year-old trooper Ralph Tatoian who was one of the troopers struck.
"It's very nerve racking and very scary if they don't slow down and move over. That's the most dangerous thing we face every day," Brown said.
With motorists mere inches from troopers, Brown said they don't always move over for the cruiser’s flashing lights.
"Missouri has what we call the Move Over Law, and it's something that officers from all across the state enforce as often as they can," Brown said.
Charges can range from traffic citations to criminal offenses including assault, endangering a highway worker and if a fatality occurs, manslaughter.
"Every time they stand on the side of the road they're putting themselves in the position of danger. We’re asking and trusting motorist to do the right thing," Brown said.