Every day South Dakota Highway Patrolmen have close encounters.
This past weekend a trooper in Sioux Falls was hit and injured.
Now the South Dakota Highway Patrol is reminding drivers to slow down and move over.
They're all over the roadways; police cars, fire trucks, ambulances and plow trucks.
When you see these officials vehicles, South Dakota state law says you're required to slow down and move over.
"The yellow lights apply to anything with yellow lights on it going down the road; a snow plow a vehicle stop. You've gotta use caution around any of that stuff," Highway Patrolmen TJ Serr said.
Every year state troopers are hit by cars on South Dakota roadways, Serr says he has had a few close calls of his own.
According to state law, when an emergency vehicle has its red lights on, you are required to stop no matter what direction you're traveling.
When state vehicles are flashing yellow lights on a two lane highway you are asked to slow down by at least 20 miles per hour and move over to the next lane.
"We've had too many troopers get hit over the past few years on the side of the road. What we see in this area mostly is just people not slowing down," Serr said.
We spoke with some drivers in town to find out what they know about the law.
"I wasn't aware, ya know, looking at that know that yellow meant slowing down to 20. If it's blue or red stop completely. Kinda for me it was always vehicles," Driver, Alyssa Voeller said.
"I have been, like I said probably didn't years ago, but when I see an amber light up ahead now I slow clear down and try to pull as far as I can, and hopefully watch over your left shoulder and make sure somebody else isn't coming faster," Driver, Richard Baloun said.
Sunday, April 20 2014 10:30 PM EDT2014-04-21 02:30:09 GMT
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