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Most Troopers Have Been Hit Before; They Remind Drivers to Move Over in New Campaign

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KENNEWICK, WA. -- Move over. That's what state troopers are telling drivers Tuesday. 

Officers in our area are on the lookout for drivers who don't pull over when they see flashing lights.

Ask almost every patrolman, and most likely it's happened to them, being hit by a car while on the side of the road. And for people who already work a dangerous job trying to keep us safe, they remind you to help them be a little bit safer and move over when they drive by.

As soon as a patrolman pulls up and gets out of his car, they're in danger. But it's not from criminals, it's from drivers like you. 

"I can guarantee you that every one of us have had close calls," Sgt. David Kaiser said. "And over the years, most of us have been hit."

Examples like this are why the side of the road can be so dangerous. Drivers hit 212 WSP cars between 2007 and 2014. For the next couple days troopers are cracking down on the move over law.

"We're not necessarily out here to write everybody a ticket for this because a lot of folks," Sgt. Kaiser said. "Just like the lady we just stopped, I asked her if she was aware of the law, she wasn't aware of it even though it's been in effect a couple years now."

On this subject, Sergeant Kaiser can speak from experience. He's been hit twice in his 15 years of duty. 

"The first time I was seated in the vehicle and it totaled my patrol car while I was sitting in it," Sgt. Kaiser said. "The second I was standing right by the door and I was able to run around to the median area just at the same time the car got hit."

Those experiences have taught him to be extra cautious. 

"At least for myself I'm more scared about being run over by a car than I am getting hurt in some felonious act or a shooting," Sgt. Kaiser told us. 

Because Sergeant Kaiser, like many other troopers, has a family to go home to. And the next accident, could end in tragedy. 
 

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