SOUTHINGTON, Ohio (WKBN) – A three car accident occurred early Sunday morning in Howland Township, causing an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper to be sent to Trumbull Memorial Hospital.
Highway Patrol stated that Sgt. Daniel Jesse was making a traffic stop on the west bound lanes of State Route 82 when a drunk driver crashed into his cruiser.
The impact of the crash could have been deadly, so officers are reiterating the importance of “move over” traffic laws.
“The sergeant was okay. He was taken to a local hospital and treated and released. He’s back home now with his family,” said Highway Patrol Sgt. Patrick Abel.
This accident comes just a few months after Trooper Kenny Robbins was hit on Interstate 80. Highway Patrol brought his cruiser to the Canfield Fair to show why it’s so important for drivers to move over when they see first responders.
And just this weekend, a Campbell police cruiser was hit after a driver didn’t properly stop at a stop sign.
“In northeast Ohio alone, we’re actually leading the state in this part with move over crashes,” Robbins said.
Highway Patrol is urging drivers to move over in their lanes for any vehicle on the side of the road with flashing lights.
“Whenever you do see a vehicle on the side of the road, you need to give them as much room as possible to move over to the left, or just to get as far away as you can before you overtake that vehicle,” Abel said.
If you cannot manage to move over, they say to at least slow down your car when nearing the vehicle.
“If you have been drinking, don’t get in the car, don’t drive. It’s not worth it. It’s not worth the penalties you can get. It’s also not worth somebody’s life or your own life,” Abel said.
And most importantly, drivers need to be alert.
“We can’t stress how important it is to keep your eyes on the road, don’t have any distractions and just pay attention,” Abel said.