Driver cited for traffic violations after side-swiping patrol car

When a New York State Trooper pulled a driver over along a New York highway for speeding recently, he probably did not expect to land in a hospital. Sitting in the patrol car, with flashing emergency lights, the trooper was writing out tickets for traffic violations. State police say that the vehicles of both the trooper and the detained motorist were on the shoulder.

A vehicle operated by another driver who was traveling in the same direction reportedly sideswiped the patrol car on the road shoulder. The state trooper was taken to a local hospital where he was released after receiving unspecified treatment. The media report made no mention of injuries suffered by the driver of the other car.

The driver whose vehicle struck the cruiser was issued two traffic violation tickets for failing to yield to an emergency vehicle and for driving on the highway shoulder. Under such circumstances, drivers are expected to move across the lanes away from the emergency vehicle. If traffic flow does not allow this, the driver should reduce speed and be extra cautious.

New York motorists are constantly faced with busy highways and challenging situations while driving. Motorists who have been accused of traffic violations of any kind have the right to defend themselves in a court of law, and have the right to be represented by an attorney. Consequences for a conviction could include license points and suspension or revocation of driving privileges. Moreover, these sanctions could lead to significantly higher car insurance premiums. By seeking advice from the help that is available, motorists can have their rights protected in a court of law.

Source: syracuse.com, "East Syracuse man strikes trooper's patrol car during Move Over / speed detail on I-690 in DeWitt", Catie O'Toole, April 21, 2014

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