Skip to main content

Reminder: Move over and slow down for stopped squads, so this doesn't happen

There's a law that requires you to give emergency vehicles space.

That photo above is a Hudson Police Department squad car, after it was hit by a motorist Monday morning.

The squad was in the left lane of the I94 Hudson Bridge, on the Minnesota side, helping a vehicle that had stalled, the State Patrol said in its incident report. The squad's emergency lights were on.

Then a Ford pickup slammed into the back of the squad car "at hwy speed," Hudson police said – and as you'll notice in the photo, the crash pushed it all the way across the highway, where it slammed into the wall on the right-hand side of the road, the State Patrol said.

The Hudson police officer was not in the squad at the time, and was unhurt. The driver of the pickup suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Move over, slow down

In Monday morning's incident, nobody was seriously hurt. But Minnesota has a law that requires drivers to put a lane between themselves and a parked emergency vehicle that has its lights flashing.

It's called the Ted Foss Move Over Law – it was named after state trooper Ted Foss, who in 2000 was hit and killed by a semi while he was standing outside his squad car during a traffic stop in Winona.

The specifics of the law are here, but generally:

  • If you're on a highway with at least two lanes, you're required to move over and create a lane of space for stopped emergency vehicles such as ambulances, maintenance workers, tow trucks, and squad cars.
  • If you're unable to move over a lane, you have to slow down.

The State Patrol said in 2014, a total of six parked squad cars were hit by other vehicles, and two troopers were injured. That same year, the patrol issued 816 citations and 2,476 warnings for people who didn't follow the Move Over Law.

As the Hudson PD said Monday: "Please remember to slow down and move over when you see an emergency vehicle with it's emergency lights on."

Next Up

minnesota state fair

How to save money at the Minnesota State Fair this year

The fair released its money-saving tips Thursday, including on parking, admission and entertainment.

Motel 6 Rochester

Threat of 'potential overdoses' among youths prompts Motel 6 raid

Rochester police says fentanyl pills were among the items seized.

boyd huppert

Boyd Huppert, Twin Cities TV stations among Murrow Award winners

The KARE 11 personality known for his 'Land of 10,000 Stories' feature was among the national winners.

Bar beer

Study: Excessive drinking cost Minnesotans almost $8 billion in 2019

The study was published by the Minnesota Department of Health Thursday.

Disney+

Price of Disney+ is going up, unless you want ads

The ad-free version of Disney+ will increase from $7.99 per month to $10.99 per month, effective Dec. 8.

SuspectsWantedMOAShooting

Mall of America shooting suspects arrested in Chicago

The two suspects were spotted leaving a barber shop.

Flickr - minneapolis police officer close-up belt camera - Tony Webster

Walz: Increased state law enforcement presence to stay in Twin Cities

A multi-agency effort to curb crime will go on until further notice.

SuspectsWantedMOAShooting

Bloomington PD to provide update on Mall of America shooting investigation

There's unconfirmed reports the suspected gunman and an accomplice have been arrested.

Screen Shot 2022-08-11 at 3.14.27 PM

Motorcyclist found dead behind guardrail 6 hours after crash

The crash happened before sunset Wednesday, but no one called 911.

Screen Shot 2022-08-11 at 2.49.44 PM

Strike vote set for 15,000 Minnesota nurses

If the nurses walk off the job, Minnesota would be home to one of the largest nurses strikes in U.S. history.

DSC_8611

Iowa Gov. asks court to lift injunction on 'heartbeat' abortion ban

A court challenge seeks to revive Iowa's abortion ban.

Related

Out drinking? Just leave your car overnight, you'll get a nice note (and no DWI)

If you drive somewhere and have a few drinks, just leave your car where it's at. You can always get it in the morning.

House lawmaker wants to change 'move over for emergency vehicles' rule

Current law requires drivers to move over a lane when approaching emergency vehicles. A bill moving through the House would allow drivers to simply "slow down" when passing emergency vehicles. The bill's author, Republican Rep. Mike Beard, says anecdotal evidence suggests the current rules could be doing more harm than good.

Authorities: Car slams through house wall, suspect blames it on nonexistent driver

The vehicle broke through the concrete brick wall and threw the bed across the room.