We heard this week from Tennessee State Trooper Anthony Sherron for the first time since he was hit by a car while directing traffic at an accident scene. The hit and run driver who struck Sherron left him with a broken arm, fractured ribs and a punctured lung. The state trooper has three small children and he says he's still trying to explain to them what happened.
Unfortunately, what happened to him is not all that uncommon. According to FBI statistics, traffic crashes claim the lives of police officers more than any other cause of death in the line of duty, and many of those who died were struck and killed by passing vehicles while they worked outside of their patrol cars.
Tennessee is one of many states that have a "Move Over" law requiring drivers to move into the adjacent lane of traffic, when safe to do so, or alternatively to slow down when approaching parked emergency vehicles. Trooper Sherron's children and many other police families would be pleased if all of us would remember this common sense law.
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