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Stationary Jackson County Sheriff Deputy Rear Ended At Traffic Stop

Stationary Jackson County Sheriff Deputy Rear Ended At Traffic Stop

March 9, 2013

On Monday, March 4th just before 10 p.m. a Jackson County Sheriff Deputy, 28 M, was in his stationary vehicle at a traffic stop west bound I-470 at MO 350 Highway when he was rear ended by another vehicle traveling west bound.

The driver of the vehicle, Nathan Welterlen 23 M of Overland Park, was transported to Lee’s Summit Medical Center for moderate injuries. Drugs and/or alcohol are believed to be involved. The Deputy was not injured but was taken to a local hospital to be checked out.

Both cars suffered extensive damage.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

According to the “Move Over Law” when approaching a stationary emergency vehicle flashing their lights, all vehicles must yield the right of way and if safe change lanes. If it is not safe to change lanes, drivers must proceed with due caution while reducing the speed of your vehicle.

 Jackson County Sheriff Mike Sharp stated, "Over the last 3 months the Jackson County Sheriff's Office has lost the use of 3 patrol vehicles. On two different occasions deputies had stopped a driver for suspicion of driving while intoxicated, while conducting the vehicle stops, with all of the patrol vehicle's emergency lighting activated, Sheriff's vehicles were struck from behind by another vehicle. The driver's of both of those vehicles were arrested for suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Only by the grace of God, there were no serious injuries to any of the deputies or the drivers of the striking vehicles. Please do not drink and drive! Please move over or slow down when you see an emergency vehicle of any type stopped on the side of the road. Our job is dangerous enough, please help us make your roads safer for you!"

Missouri Revised Statutes
Chapter 304
Traffic Regulations
Section 304.022
August 28, 2012

304.022.

1. Upon the immediate approach of an emergency vehicle giving audible signal by siren or while having at least one lighted lamp exhibiting red light visible under normal atmospheric conditions from a distance of five hundred feet to the front of such vehicle or a flashing blue light authorized by section 307.175, the driver of every other vehicle shall yield the right-of-way and shall immediately drive to a position parallel to, and as far as possible to the right of, the traveled portion of the highway and thereupon stop and remain in such position until such emergency vehicle has passed, except when otherwise directed by a police or traffic officer.

2. Upon approaching a stationary emergency vehicle displaying lighted red or red and blue lights, or a stationary vehicle owned by the state highways and transportation commission and operated by an authorized employee of the department of transportation displaying lighted amber or amber and white lights, the driver of every motor vehicle shall:

(1) Proceed with caution and yield the right-of-way, if possible with due regard to safety and traffic conditions, by making a lane change into a lane not adjacent to that of the stationary vehicle, if on a roadway having at least four lanes with not less than two lanes proceeding in the same direction as the approaching vehicle; or

(2) Proceed with due caution and reduce the speed of the vehicle, maintaining a safe speed for road conditions, if changing lanes would be unsafe or impossible.


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