Working any job can be dangerous, and some of the people who know that best are those working as police and state troopers. These individuals are out in the public every day, and they’re exposed to many hazards. When an accident or emergency takes place, they’re the first to the scene. While they’re protecting others, they can be putting themselves at risk of harm, like these troopers did.
Two Maryland State Troopers were hit by a vehicle being driven by an alleged drunk driver, according to recent news. They were attending the scene of an accident in Charles County and had been blocking off the accident with the patrol car when a seemingly impaired driver collided with the vehicle. The troopers had been parked behind the first crash when the driver, a 75-year-old woman, hit the vehicle.
Fortunately, neither trooper needed medical treatment in this case, because the driver initially hit an unoccupied vehicle before forcing it into their cruiser. This isn’t always how these situations work out, though, and this instance led to the 37th case of troopers being struck while working traffic stops this year. Several of those cases resulted in serious harm coming to the troopers.
In Maryland, there is a move-over law that requires drivers to move into different lanes or to slow down significantly when approaching emergency vehicles from behind. Ignoring those laws or hitting a trooper results in fines and other penalties for drivers. The troopers themselves can seek workers’ compensation or other benefits to help them get the paid medical care they need.
Source: NBC Washington, “Two Md. Troopers Struck by Suspected DUI Driver Monday Night,” Chelsea Cirruzzo, Dec. 06, 2016