The Minnesota State Patrol is asking motorists to heed the shoulder: Ten trooper squads have been hit by passing drivers this year, four of them in March.
Friday saw the latest crash on I-694 when a trooper was read-ended by a passing vehicle.
Two March hits occurred on the 18th and one on the 19th:
March 18 on Hwy. 169: Squad rear-ended
March 18 on I-35W: Trooper was assisting motorist in a ditch, passing semi trailer side-swiped the trooper's squad.
March 19 on I-90 near Albert Lea: Trooper was assisting a tow company with a vehicle in a ditch when another vehicle lost control, slid sideways and struck the squad.
Since 2010, there have been 79 trooper squads hit: 2010: 27 2011: 26 2012: 17 2013: 10
State Patrol officials made mentioned Minnesota's "move over" law that requires drivers to move to the next lane on multi-lane roads, or reduce speed if another lane is not available, allowing troopers to safely gain access to a vehicle. Failure to comply can result in over a $100 fine.
The law is named for trooper Ted Foss who was killed 13 years ago by a passing vehicle on I-90 in Winona.