WATCH: Close Call For Shakopee Police Officers During Traffic Stop
There is a reason Minnesota has a law regarding motorists slowing down and moving over for an emergency vehicle pulled over on the shoulder with its lights on. The Shakopee Police Department shared this video showing a motorist side-swiping a squad car during a traffic stop.
According to the Minnesota Office of Public Safety, the law named after former Minnesota State Patrol trooper Ted Foss states, "drivers must keep over one full lane away from stopped emergency vehicles with flashing lights activated — ambulance, fire, law enforcement, maintenance, and construction vehicles."
The driver of the vehicle was located at the Little 6 Casino parking lot with according to the post "part of" the "squad car...lodged in the offender’s vehicle." The State Patrol arrested the driver on multiple charges, including suspicion of DUI.
The Ted Foss Move Over Law was named in honor of the State Patrol trooper who was killed while on the shoulder of I-90 in Winona in 2000. If a driver is unable to move over, they are required to reduce their speed.
On par with moving over for stopped emergency vehicles, Minnesota motorists should be on the lookout for slow moving farm vehicles as spring planting is underway in Southern Minnesota.