November 27, 2019
The road shoulder is a dangerous, even deadly place. That’s where our troopers often find themselves – whether they’re helping stranded motorists, handling crashes or working a traffic stop. Every year, troopers here in Utah and around the country are hit, injured and sometimes even killed when they’re working on the road shoulder. The other people stopped on the shoulder can be hurt, too. This doesn’t need to happen. These crashes are preventable. Even in bad weather conditions.
Follow these tips from Utah Highway Patrol to help your troopers and others get home safely to their families.
- SLOW DOWN
Slow down before you get near the vehicles on the shoulder. If the weather is bad, you should already be going under the speed limit to begin with. DO NOT brake suddenly when you get near the vehicles.
- MOVE OVER
Move over if it is clear and safe to do so. If you can’t move over a whole lane, don’t panic. Move over as far to the left or right in your lane as possible and slow down.
- DON’T SLAM ON YOUR BRAKES
Do not brake suddenly. This can cause you to slide into any vehicles stopped on the shoulder.
- LOOK WHERE YOU WANT TO GO
Not at the vehicles stopped on the shoulder. Focus on the road and look at the path you want to follow.
- HELP KEEP THEM SAFE
Help keep your troopers safe. They are working to keep you safe so please slow down, move over and look where you want to go.