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Driver Cited After Striking Franklin Patrol Cruiser On Side Of I-65

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FRANKLIN, Tenn. – A driver was cited after striking a Franklin Police patrol car that was assisting in a DUI investigation on the side of Interstate 65 on Tuesday morning.

Franklin Police said officers stopped a suspected DUI driver near Moore's Lane around 4 a.m. As officers were preparing to arrest the driver, a passing motorist slammed into one of three patrol cars on the side of the roadway.

"I've gone through various what ifs and none of them are pretty," said Officer Joe LeCates.

No one was inside the patrol car at the time, and no injuries were reported.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol responded, and cited the driver for violation of the "Move Over Law."

Tennessee's "Move Over Law" requires motorists to move over into an adjacent lane on the approach of emergency vehicles (and others) on the side of the road. The law, designed to protect police officers, firefighters, and other emergency personnel and utility workers, was passed in 2006.

"It's unfortunate that we have to legislate something that should be common sense or at the very least common courtesy," LeCates went on to say.

Violators are subject to a fine of up to $500 and 30 days in jail.

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