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Lakehurst Police Officer Unharmed After Being Hit By Car

A Lakehurst police officer narrowly avoids serious injury after being hit by a car Thursday night.

Sign outside Lakehurst Police HQ
Sign outside Lakehurst Police HQ (Lakehurst Police)

Manchester Police say the side view mirror of a car driven by 54-year-old Fredrick Shouldice of Toms River scraped 25-year-old officer Jason Guide as he tended a two-car crash on Route 37 in Manchester.

Guide was standing on the paved eastbound shoulder of the roadway in his uniform speaking with witnesses to a motor vehicle crash,when Shouldice, driving a red Volkswagen Beetle, drifted when he became mesmerized by the patrol car’s lights and the accident according to a release by police. Shouldice was not driving at an excessive speed.

Manchester Police remind motorists to use caution when approaching emergency vehicles with flashing lights

New Jersey Statute 39:4-92.2 commonly known as the “Move Over Law”
Procedure for motorist approaching stationary authorized emergency vehicle, tow truck, highway maintenance or emergency service vehicle.

1. a. The operator of a motor vehicle approaching a stationary authorized emergency vehicle as defined in R.S.39:1-1 that is displaying a flashing, blinking or alternating red or blue light or, any configuration of lights containing one of these colors, shall approach the authorized emergency vehicle with due caution and shall, absent any other direction by a law enforcement officer, proceed as follows:
(1) Make a lane change into a lane not adjacent to the authorized emergency vehicle if possible in the existing safety and traffic conditions; or
(2) If a lane change pursuant to paragraph (1) of subsection a. of this section would be impossible, prohibited by law or unsafe, reduce the speed of the motor vehicle to a reasonable and proper speed for the existing road and traffic conditions, which speed shall be less than the posted speed limit, and be prepared to stop.
b. The operator of a motor vehicle approaching a stationary tow truck as defined in section 1 of P.L.1999, c.396 (C.39:3-84.6) that is displaying a flashing amber light or a stationary highway maintenance or emergency service vehicle that is operated by the State, an authority or a county or municipality and displaying flashing yellow, amber, or red lights shall approach the vehicle with due caution and shall, absent any other direction by a law enforcement officer, proceed as follows:
(1) Make a lane change into a lane not adjacent to the tow truck or highway maintenance or emergency service vehicle if possible in the existing safety and traffic conditions; or
(2) If a lane change under paragraph (1) of subsection b. of this section would be impossible, prohibited by law or unsafe, reduce the speed of the motor vehicle to a reasonable and proper speed for the existing road and traffic conditions, which speed shall be less than the posted speed limit, and be prepared to stop.
c. A violation of this section shall be punished by a fine of not less than $100 and not more than $500.
This crash is under investigation by Patrolman Antonio Ellis of the Manchester Traffic Safety Section.

For more information about the “Move Over Law” : nj.gov/oag/hts/move-over-law/

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