Latest UHP trooper accident underscores importance of ‘Move Over Law’

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SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah) – On Sunday evening Sgt. Cade Brenchley was assisting at a slide-off in Sardine Canyon when he became the latest Utah Highway Patrol trooper to be struck by an out of control car.

Sgt. Brenchley calls it “miraculous” that he only suffered 4 broken ribs, a broken shoulder blade and some road rash.

“After watching this video I think you can see I am extremely grateful to be alive and here talking to you,” Sgt. Brenchley said at a news conference Tuesday while surrounded by his wife and four children.

“It felt like a dream and I started wondering what was going on and at that point I woke up and I saw snow and I was laying there…knocked the wind out of me,” he said. “I was gasping for breath. I was right up against a car and I remember thinking to myself ‘I’ve been hit, I just got hit. Holy crap’…The driver of the car that hit me, she showed up and was obviously distraught. I tried to kinda have to console her. I felt bad for her.”

So how do you and I avoid being the next driver to plow into a trooper? The UHP says slow down and move over. It’s not just safe and smart. It’s the law.

Section 41-6a-903 of the Utah Traffic Code requires drivers to reduce speed and if possible change lanes when approaching a stopped emergency vehicle.

“Please give us room,” Sgt. Brenchley said. “The tow trucks give them room. Construction workers, the medical personnel. When you see lights error on the side of caution and just slow down and if you feel like you’re going slower than you need to then move over…My wife worries about this. It could have taken me away from my kids and you know, you watch the video and by all means it probably should have.”

Drivers who fail to follow the “Move Over” law could have to attend a 4 hour course or have their license suspended for 90 days.

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