Va. State Police cracking down on move-over violators
Today on Interstate 264 in Virgina Beach,VA a State Tooper had a man pulled over for speeding. The driver pulled over to the left which has numerous block medians in the middle of the interstate. The driver asked the Trooper was it ok and was it safe to park there. The Tooper stated it was ok to park there long enough to write the ticket. The Tooper sat in his car started writting the ticket he no sooner that he got those words out of his mouth, a SUV plowed into his crusier and his cruiser plowed into the pick-up he had pulled over. When he ran to make sure everyone was ok the first thing he saw was the mother behind the wheel with her cell phone in her hand. She had her children in the back thank God nobody was injuried. The Trooper asked her what happened and she said she didn't know the last thing she remembered was talking on the phone! This women could have killed the Tooper the man in the pick-up and not to mention her three young kids in the back of the SUV. Charges were filed against her.
Va. woman charged after vehicle strikes officer
A Virginia Beach woman faces reckless driving charges after she drove into a State Police cruiser on Interstate 264.
State Police spokeswoman Michelle Cotten says 24-year-old Sabrina Farbor's eastbound vehicle drifted to the side of the road, where it struck the back of the trooper's car on Sunday afternoon. The trooper had stopped another vehicle for speeding near Mount Trashmore.
The trooper indicated Farbor was using her cell phone at the time.
Move Over, AmericaMore than 150 U.S. law enforcement officers have been killed since 1997 after being struck by vehicles along America's highways, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. To lower that deadly toll, a new coalition of traffic safety and law enforcement groups is launching a nationwide public awareness campaign to protect emergency personnel along our nation's roadsides.
"Move Over, America" is a partnership originally founded in 2007 by the National Safety Commission, the National Sheriffs' Association and the National Association of Police Organizations. Most recently, the partnership has also received the full support of the American Association of State Troopers. The campaign is the first nationally coordinated effort to educate Americans about "Move Over" laws and how they help protect the law enforcement officers who risk their lives protecting the public.
According to a national poll by Mason Dixon Polling & Research, sponsored by the National Safety Commission:
State police are looking for motorists who pass stopped emergency vehicles.
The crackdown follows a series of accidents in which passing vehicles hit and injured troopers.
Virginia State Police spokeswoman Michelle Cotten says a trooper has been hit by a passing vehicle every month since April.
On July 26, two troopers were injured in separate accidents while working on a traffic safety initiative.