Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, December 16, 2013

Patrol car hit while assisting stalled motorist on I-84. Fortunately no one is hurt

Boise, Dec. 16, 2013 - 10:45 p.m. - Boise Police say fortunately no one was injured when the driver of a pick-up crashed into the rear of a Boise Police patrol car on I-84. The patrol car was stopped with it's emergency lights flashing when the crash occurred in the westbound lanes just west of the flying wye interchange. 

What Happened: An off-duty Boise Police detective spotted a vehicle that appeared to have slid off the roadway. Believing the motorist may need help, the detective called for a patrol officer in a marked patrol unit to come help out. The officer arrived on scene at 10:06 p.m.. To protect the stalled vehicle, the officer parked her patrol vehicle on the right shoulder and partially in the far right lane of traffic with emergency lights flashing .

At 10:16 p.m. the driver of the pick up hit the rear of the patrol vehicle. All involved in assisting the stalled motorist were out of their vehicles, away from traffic and not hurt. The 19 year old driver of the pick-up truck was also unhurt.

At this time, no citations have been issued. The crash remains under investigation.

MOVE OVER LAW: Officers want to remind motorists that, for the safety of all highway users, Idaho has a "Move Over' law. The law motorists to move over a lane or slow down when approaching emergency vehicles to give them room to work. Idaho's Move Over law was implemented in 2006. It includes all law enforcement, emergency vehicles and first responders. Violators risk a $90 citation.

TITLE 49 - MOTOR VEHICLES CHAPTER 6 - RULES OF THE ROAD

49-624. Driver duty upon approaching a stationary police vehicle or an authorized emergency vehicle displaying flashing lights. The driver of a motor vehicle, upon approaching a stationary police vehicle displaying flashing lights or an authorized emergency vehicle displaying flashing lights shall:

(1)If the driver is traveling on a highway with two (2) or more lanes carrying traffic in the same direction, immediately reduce the speed of his vehicle below the posted speed limit, proceed with due caution and, if traveling in a lane adjacent to the stationary police vehicle displaying flashing lights or the authorized emergency vehicle displaying flashing lights, change lanes into a lane that is not adjacent to such vehicle as soon as it is possible to do so in a manner that is reasonable and prudent under the conditions then existing, with regard to actual and potential hazards.

(2)If the driver is traveling on a highway with one (1) lane for each direction of travel, immediately reduce the speed of his vehicle below the posted speed limit, and maintain a safe speed for the road, weather and traffic conditions until completely past the stationary police vehicle or authorized emergency vehicle.