A growing number of states are starting to adopt "move over" laws to help protect emergency workers, and this video posted by the Massachusetts State Police on its Facebook page shows the importance of said laws. Captured by a traffic camera in the Thomas P O'Neill Jr. Tunnel in Boston, the video shows a trooper alerting traffic of upcoming lane closures and a small black car (shown above) narrowly missing hitting the cruiser at a high rate of speed.

The tunnel's speed limit is 45 miles per hour, and while it's hard to say if the driver was speeding or not, the caption on the Facebook page said that the construction area was well signed. The driver was not impaired, we read, but obviously wasn't paying attention either. Scroll down to watch the video and see just how close this whole situation came from getting really messy.


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      E85 450HP Forester
      • 1 Year Ago
      Fruit of the Loom sales increased by two next day.
      clquake
      • 1 Year Ago
      1. The two left lanes were closed. 2. Orange cones were set up for a quarter mile behind the police car. 3. The guy had already driven through the orange cone line.
      Jason Loy
      • 1 Year Ago
      If you assume about 20 foot spacing between the white marker lines (guessing based on the length of the cop car next to the lines and the distance the car traveled in 1 second of footage), the car traveled between 80-100 feet in 1 second, or between 55 and 70 MPH. At 55 (if he were not distracted) he would have been able to easily judge where the police car was relative to the line and adjusted accordingly without the need to swerve. Higher speeds and/or higher levels of distraction would have made adjustments to the stationary vehicle more difficult. HOWEVER we must keep in mind that this is a stationary vehicle with BRIGHT BLUE FLASHING LIGHTS IN A TUNNEL (not many other things to divert your attention), so the likely hood that the driver was not distracted by something else is unlikely. Conclusion - driver is an idiot.
        Tomob
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jason Loy
        One word: Texting
        Jason Loy
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jason Loy
        Just to update my claims a bit the federal regulation mandates that white lines are 10 feet long, with 30 feet of space between, so for every white line a car has traveled 40 feet. I was guessing 20 foot lines with 20 feet of spacing, so my 40 foot estimate still stands ;-)
      bluepongo1
      • 1 Year Ago
      That wasn't a near miss that was a near hit. - George Carlin :-)
      11fiveoh
      • 1 Year Ago
      Guy must've had tunnel vision.
      Worx2749
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks to me like the guy was going around 65. Later reports said he was sober....I've driven that tunnel countless times, and often around 4am (job). Work crews are in there ALL THE TIME, doing whatever. Lane restrictions have been a constant presence during overnight hours ever since the Big Dig ended. Usually, such lane restrictions have both parked cops AND cones in the road. Why there are no cones here, I don't know.
      downfourmayhem
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm gonna show this cop my drifting skills maybe he will think its funny and ask for my autograph and a small donation to the state
      Dan
      • 1 Year Ago
      "MA State Trooper barely missed by motorist not paying close attention" Fixed that title for you.
        Agilis
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dan
        You forgot to add "State Trooper's vehicle." Then it would be perfect.
      ctrdboss
      • 2 Months Ago *Edited*

      I can't believe how amazingly arrogant and stupid some of you are.  The purpose of police at highway construction sites are to warn people to SLOW DOWN!! Why? Because most don't care, or are too distracted with radios, cell phones, kids, etc. to use common sense and decency to slow down on their own. Now, there are two people who have the facts, not rumor and conjecture, about this incident, the trooper and the motorist. Since some of you can't pay attention or clearly have no clue what your talking about, let me spell it out for you. If you look closely at the middle set of skip lines/lane markers, two lines ahead of the cruiser, you will see a traffic one. One of nearly two hundred put out that night to close the left and middle north bound lanes of Rte 93. Again, the left and middle lanes were closed! The closure started 3/4 mile prior to the entrance of the tunnel and terminated just prior to the exit. Approx. 20 large orange barrels marked the beginning of the lane closure, followed by the cones. Two illuminated signs and countless orange construction signs also warned motorist of the pending and continuing lane closure. The lane closure was properly marked and closed according to federal mandates and state law. There were 5 marked cruisers spread out along the lane closure where work had been done, or was waiting to be done. Hundreds of cars passed by the night with no difficulty. If this cruiser was not there, the motorist would have probably plowed right into the crew and who was up at the next turn, along with the impact trailer, just out of view of this particular camera. The young lad somehow managed to enter the closure while, in his own words, he was distracted and speeding, (65-75) trying to get the Zipcar rental that he was driving, back in time. Now,  how do I know all of this??? I was the trooper in that cruiser. For you arm chair lawyers and naysayers, the only violation, on any level that night, was committed by the motorist, to which he admitted both to the press, who hunted him down and to the judge, on his court date. For those of you who think you could have reacted faster, I saw this coming for a split second and turned my head away to avoid flying glass going in my eyes. Once he passed, I pursued and stopped him. If you think you can do it better, the entrance exam is in another year or two. Better start getting in shape now. 

      Deneway
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Trooper was obviously fast asleep and failed to react until after the car lost control on the wet roadway. If he had been paying attention, he would have accelerated away before nearly being struck. Guess the donuts made him sleepy.
        Doug Utz
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Deneway
        How have you made it this far in life being so obviously ignorant?
          jtav2002
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Doug Utz
          My guess is he's more of a troll than he is ignorant.
        SloopJohnB
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Deneway
        no. Cop would have been more likely to have been hit.
        Gordon Chen
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Deneway
        I think most people would say that cop reacted at a reasonable time length.
        Deslock
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Deneway
        Holy crap, for real? For one thing, the trooper could've been working on the car's computer. Or busy talking on the radio. Or doing paperwork. Or any number of things. But it only took 2 seconds for the trooper to pull out after the other car. My guess is that once it zoomed past, the trooper watched him for a second before putting his car in gear.
      Neutral President
      • 1 Year Ago
      Please stop using journalist/law enforcement gobbledygook like "at a high rate of speed". Speed is a rate. Miles PER hour. Kilometres PER hour. Metres PER second. Interest PER month. Those are rates. The correct usage is simply, "at high speed."
        Karl_T
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Neutral President
        Actually, in the manner used 'rate' refers to units and speed refers to movement. The 'rate' could be KPH, MPH, etc. giving value to speed the object that is moving. If they said 'high rate AND speed' your comment would make sense.
          Karl_T
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Karl_T
          Annnnnddd.... that distance over time is a kilometer or mile. Rate is a quantity. The quantity being discusses is the SPEED of the vehicle
      askroon
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why was the officer sitting right there? Was there some debris on the road on the left or something?
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