GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - The Minnesota State Patrol says March has been a particularly dangerous month for troopers.
Four squad cars have been hit as troopers assisted motorists along Minnesota interstates and highways, including the last crash on Saturday when Trooper Rob Rawson was rear-ended by a passing vehicle on Interstate 694.
Trooper Rawson says he was attending to a stalled vehicle on a straight stretch of Interstate 694 when the driver of the vehicle veered to the shoulder after traffic slowed, and struck his squad at a high rate of speed.
The vehicle sustained extensive damage, and Trooper Rawson suffered bumps and bruises.
"It seems a lot of people might be following too close or going too fast for the distance they're following other vehicles, and they're unable to react in time," Rawson reasoned.
The patrol says 10 squads have been struck since the beginning of 2013. And, since 2010, 79 trooper squads have been hit.
State Patrol officials are reminding motorists of Minnesota's "move over" law that requires drivers to move to the next lane on multi-lane roadways to give troopers room to work safely.
The Ted Foss "move over" law is named for the trooper who was killed in 2000 by a passing vehicle as he responded to a crash on I-90 in Winona. Those who violate it risk a ticket and fine that can easily exceed $100.
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