THIS is why you need to move over for emergency vehicles parked on the side of the road.

A New York State Trooper was injured when his patrol car was hit in Saratoga County by a Penske truck. It happened on I-87 during a traffic stop in Clifton Park.

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The driver who hit the trooper's car was charged including Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs.

Luckily the Trooper wasn't seriously injured and was treated at the hospital and released.

This happens more often than you think.

In February, a trooper was stepping out of his vehicle to issue a citation. He heard a radio transmission and shut the door to listen. Seconds later a driver crashed into the patrol car, pushing it into the stopped vehicle. If the radio transmission hadn't happened or came through seconds later, the crash could have been tragic.

Photo Credit - New York State Police

In January, a trooper investigating an accident in Salina was struck when someone failed to move into the left lane to pass. While the driver of the other vehicle was not injured, the trooper suffered minor injuries.

New York State Police

Since the Move Over law was first enacted in 2011, more than 100,000 people have been ticketed for failing to move over. If you see an emergency vehicle on the side of the road, MOVE OVER. If you can't move over, slow down.

It's that simple! And it's the law.

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