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UPDATE: Nevada Highway Patrol highlights move over law after releasing dramatic video

Posted: 8:18 AM, Aug 07, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-08 07:26:04-04
NHP looking for driver who damaged car
NHP looking for driver who damaged car

UPDATE: Nevada Highway Patrol is reminding drivers of the state's move over, slow down law as dramatic body camera video shows a trooper's car being struck.

"This trooper was literally a second or two from a critical injury or death in that situation," Trooper Jason Buratczuk said.

The incident Monday was the fourth near miss involving NHP troopers since the start of 2017.

Buratczuk saying the incidents should serve as a reminder that drivers are required to move over a lane if possible or slow down when approaching a vehicle on the side of the road.

"You'll see the trooper whip his head around real quick to see what is going on and the hair on the back of his neck will stand up. That [squealing tires] is probably the worst sound we hear on the freeway because it is usually an out-of-control vehicle," Buratczuk said.

The move over, slow down law has been on the books for more than a decade but has not been strictly enforced until the recent years when it was expanded to include other types of vehicles and incidents. Many people who saw the video on our Facebook page before this story seemed unaware of the law however and blamed the trooper for what happened. According to the law , other vehicles are required to move over a lane if possible if they see ANY vehicle that is stopped on the side of the road because of an incident. In unable to ove over, drivers must slow below the posted speed and use caution. 

PREVIOUS STORY: Nevada Highway Patrol has found the driver who hit one of their patrol cars on Monday.

It happened around 5:03 p.m. Monday. A trooper was conducting a traffic stop on U.S. 95 northbound near Summerlin Parkway. Both vehicles were stopped on the right shoulder when another vehicle disregarded the Move Over Law and hit the trooper's vehicle.

The collision resulted in the door being almost torn off. The driver of the other vehicle kept going.

After the hit-and-run driver was found Tuesday, the person was ticketed but not arrested. She was issued citations for driving without a valid license, hit-and-run property damage and failure to stop and render aid, all misdemeanors.

Fortunately, the trooper was not injured.

NHP released body-camera video of the incident.