Skip to main content

State Patrol alarmed by number of squad cars struck this year

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

The Minnesota State Patrol says the number of squad cars getting struck on state roadways this year is on the rise, WCCO reports.

"Since Jan. 1, we’ve had 13 state patrol squads struck, which is a significant increase from what we would normally see," Lt. Eric Roeske of the State Patrol told the station.

The incidents include four squad cars being hit in the span of a few days in the Twin Cities area in mid-January, and a three-car accident on I-94 near Highway 55 in Golden Valley Jan. 31 that injured a trooper.

Roeske says the alarming increase is due to the weather, but sometimes it happens in conditions that aren't all that extreme. He tells WCCO when there are "minor snowfalls, 2 to 5 inches," it's "a much worse situation for us because it’s not enough to slow anybody down but it is enough to make the roads quite slippery."

Roeske tells the station that he hopes snowfalls will be fewer – and that when it does snow, even a small amount, people take it seriously.

"What the public needs to realize is that we're really at the mercy of motorists when we're on the side of the road," Roeske says.

Minnesota’s Move Over Law, which was implemented in 2006, requires drivers to move over one full lane or slow down when passing stopped emergency, maintenance and construction vehicles.

Officially known as the Ted Foss Move Over Law, the measure was named in honor of the State Patrol trooper who was killed while on the shoulder of I-90 in Winona in 2000, the State Patrol says.

The Associated Press says 19 parked State Patrol squads were struck all of last year.

[preserve][/preserve]

Next Up

monkeypox

Minnesota health officials warn monkeypox cases could grow rapidly

The state has so far confirmed only six cases of monkeypox virus.

291734046_502006195017388_4346404407323115820_n

Sheriff: 2 kids dead in Vadnais Lake, search continues for 3rd child, mother

"A horrible set of facts appears to be developing," said Sheriff Bob Fletcher.

Pixabay laptop keyboard phone dark

Charges: Duluth man had hundreds of child porn images, videos

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children found nearly 330 images on the man's electronic devices.

hennepin county sheriff water patrol lake minnetonka

Scuba diver found dead in Lake Minnetonka identified as 20-year-old

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office said 20-year-old Brady Alan Aune, from Elko New Market, died of freshwater drowning on June 3.

Screen Shot 2022-06-30 at 11.18.35 AM

Felony charges filed after authorities search 'Peacebunny Cottage'

The president of the rabbit rescue non-profit faces multiple animal cruelty charges after over 40 rabbits were found dead inside the organization's barn.

monkeypox virus

Minnesota up to 6 confirmed cases of monkeypox virus

Most people recover at home within 2-4 weeks.

thc edibles

Did Minnesota just accidentally legalize THC?

A Republican lawmaker who voted to approve the new law in May is already talking about rolling it back.

Screen Shot 2022-06-30 at 3.19.42 PM

Gasoline may be cause of sewer explosion on U of M campus

An all-clear was given around 9 p.m. Thursday, with residents in the area allowed to return to their homes.

image

Overwhelming demand for THC products on first day of new law in MN

One shop owner said his Chaska store broke the online sales record before they opened Friday morning.

Flickr - Lake Minnetonka boat - Greg Gjerdingen

Increased drunk boating enforcement over 4th of July weekend

The increased enforcement is part of the Operation Dry Water initiative.

Kayak

Four kayakers stranded, rescued in Chisholm park

The kayakers became stranded at Redhead Mountain Bike Park Thursday afternoon.

SherburneCoJailDrugArrests

Duo charged after 10-pound meth package sent to wrong address

More than 10 pounds of meth are off the street thanks to a delivery error.

Related