Motorist Strikes CHP Officer on Side of Highway

A California Highway Patrol officer was injured after he was involved in a car accident on Interstate 15 on November 20, according to CBS 8 News in San Diego. The officer, whose name has not been released, pulled over to the shoulder of the highway and was attempting to reenter the freeway when he was struck by a 1990 Toyota Corolla. The officer was rushed to Scripps Hospital with moderate injuries.

“The officer had no time to put on his seat belt and was thrown about [inside] the vehicle,’ said CHP Officer Jake Sanchez. “The errant driver sustained minor injuries and was released after it was determined that he was not under the influence.”

In California, motorists must move to the center lane or get over if there is an emergency vehicle or a stopped vehicle on the side of the shoulder if it is possible to do so in a safe manner. California passed this law in July 2011, launching a marketing campaign and posting signs to educate drivers.

“This traffic safety campaign isn’t about writing citations, it’s about providing a safer work environment for everyone who does business along the side of a highway,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. “The only way to prevent tragedies from occurring on the side of the road is by giving emergency personnel, highway workers and the public adequate space.”

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