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"Move over" reminder issued after officers injured in crashes while parked in cruisers

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After two Columbus police officers were hurt in separate crashes days apart, officials sent out a firm reminder to drivers to remember the rules of the road. (WSYX/WTTE)

After two Columbus police officers were hurt in separate crashes days apart, officials sent out a firm reminder to drivers to remember the rules of the road.

The "Move Over Law" requires motorists in Ohio to use extra caution when they see emergency flashing lights or construction zones.

"Upon approaching a vehicle on the side of a berm, it would require you to move over one lane," said Columbus Freeway Patrol Sergeant Isaac Bridges.

Early Tuesday morning, Bridges said officer Robert Perry was hurt along I-70 West near 270 West after a semi hit the back of his cruiser he was in after pulling over a driver in a construction zone. Perry was taken to the hospital. Others were treated on the scene.

The crash comes after another mishap early Sunday morning. That's when investigators said Sgt. Benjamin Messerly was hit along I-670 as he sat parked in his cruiser. Messerly was struck from behind by a suspected drunk driver after he'd pulled over to help a stranded motorist.

Officials are stressing the importance of never drinking and driving. They also said if drivers don't have enough room to change lanes, there are other ways to keep motorists safe.

"The law does allow for them to slow down noticeably, so they can make it past," Bridges said.

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