VIDEO: Semi sideswipes state trooper's cruiser


UPDATED Wednesday, July 24, 2013 -- 11:00 p.m.

On Wednesday the Wisconsin Department of Transportation released the video below of a state trooper in Sheboygan County narrowly avoiding a collision with a semi that sideswiped his cruiser.

In the United States, only Washington, D.C. does not have a Move Over Law requiring drivers slow or move to another lane avoiding vehicles stopped on the side of the road. In Wisconsin, violating the law can carry a $249 fine and drivers licenses can be suspended if a crash results.

NBC 15 asked a local trooper whether the Sheboygan County sideswipe was an anomaly. Trooper Brian Zaemisch, a 13-year veteran, said he has been hit twice. In one instance, a drunk driver totaled his cruiser during a speeding stop. Click the video above to hear from Zaemisch about the crash.
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Posted Wednesday, July 24, 2013 --- 2:54 p.m.

A Wisconsin State Trooper's car was hit by a passing semi during a traffic stop on I-43. It serves as a reminder for drivers to move over.

Trooper Jim Reese stopped a driver for speeding in Sheboygan County last month. As he was walking back to his squad car, a semi hit the side of his cruiser.

The State Patrol wants to remind drivers to move over or slow down when coming across law enforcement or other emergency vehicles on the side of the road. Wisconsin’s Move Over Law requires drivers to shift lanes if possible or slow down in order to create a safety zone for a law enforcement vehicle, ambulance, fire truck, tow truck or highway maintenance vehicle that is stopped on the side of a road with its warning lights flashing.


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