NEW HAMPSHIRE DEPARTMENT OF SAFETY
FIRST RESPONDERS: SLOW DOWN, MOVE OVER AND USE GREATER CAUTION
CONCORD, NH – With 19 state police cruisers hit since Thanksgiving, a more than three-hundred percent increase over the winter-season average, first responders held a press conference today urging drivers to slow down, move over and use greater caution.
“This is an unprecedented year for collisions with cruisers,” State Police Colonel Robert Quinn said. “In every instance, a trooper was responding to a crash, had activated the cruiser’s lights, and was then struck by another vehicle on the road. Some cruisers were even struck multiple times at a single scene. We’re asking drivers to pay closer attention at all times and especially when they see first responders.”
Slowing down, moving over and using greater caution benefits everyone—persons involved in the primary crash, emergency responders and other drivers who could potentially be involved in a secondary crash, Quinn said. It also helps drivers avoid fines associated with both driving too fast for road conditions and causing a crash, he said.