FREMONT COUNTY, Colo. – Deputies with the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office and a Colorado State Patrol Trooper were almost hit by a passing vehicle while investigating a crash on Highway 115 Friday evening.
A driver was cited for failing to move over and give first responders some space to investigate the crash on the highway, according to the sheriff’s office.
The crash happened at mile marker 26 between Penrose and Colorado Springs.
The highway was closed for several hours.
Re-education for drivers after Trooper killed
Several Denver-area law enforcement agencies conducted patrols this past week to enforce the state’s “Move Over” law.
Trooper Jamie Jursevics was killed in a similar crash involving a drunk driver that failed to acknowledge the presence of law enforcement on the side of the road.
"You’re required to move over at least one lane,” said Commander Eric Schmitt with the Greenwood Village Police Department. “Every year we lose multiple police officers, fire, EMS, road crews and tow truck operators to exactly this.”
Colorado's "Move Over" law
Colorado’s “Move Over” law requires drivers to move over at least one lane when approaching an emergency vehicle with its lights on, or slow down if they are unable to change lanes.