FARGO — After two separate crashes involving North Dakota State Patrol cars happened this past weekend, state troopers are reminding drivers to slow down and move over if they see them on a call.
The accidents — one happening on Friday, Dec. 13, and the other happening Saturday, Dec. 14 — both involved passing drivers running into patrol cars. The drivers in both of those accidents were not charged.
North Dakota Highway Patrol Capt. Bryan Niewind said even though these accidents happened on slick winter roads, they can happen at any time of the year.
"People just need to be aware," he said. "If you see lights up ahead, instead of waiting until you get to where those lights (are) . . . start planning ahead."
North Dakota has a statewide "move-over law," which states a passing car has to yield to any emergency vehicle if its lights are on. Breaking that law carries a $50 fine.
Niewind said drivers should keep the law in mind all times of the year, not just during the winter.
"A lot of times when we're there, we're providing traffic control for a crash," he said. "There might be lanes closed, and if you're waiting until you get to that emergency vehicle to make some sort of driving action, it's too late."
Niewind said the patrol is planning on releasing a video on its Twitter of all the close calls troopers have had this year so far to bring more awareness to the law.