Looking Into Alabama's Move Over Law

An Alabama State Trooper is still in the hospital Tuesday.

He was hit by a car while pulling over another driver on Highway 80 West in Dallas County.

Trooper Brian Manley broke a facial bone below his right eye and his nose.

He's listed in 'good' condition at Baptist South.

Investigators say the driver who struck Manley's trooper car may have violated the state's new move-over law.

It seems like a common sense thing to do; move over when you see flashing lights on the side of the road. Yet so many don't do it.

Sgt. Jack Clark, an Alabama Trooper doesn't believe motorists do it deliberatly.

He says, "Problem is people see us on the side of the road and they look over and the car will go where they're looking..."

That may have been the case near Selma were Trooper Manley had just pulled over a driver.

Manley was about to get of his car when a pick up slammed into the back of him.

Sgt. Clark remembers thinking Manley was dead at first.

There is still no decision whether to charge the driver, because investigators are checking his story, but there was no doubt about what happened in Ohio.

We showed a video to Trooper Clark, a 13 year veteran.

Clark has had some close calls but nothing like the Ohio officer in the video.

The officer was literally turned around when the driver's right-side mirror clipped him.

Another police officer eventually caught the driver and charged him with driving while impaired and drug possession.

During our time on the interstate, some drivers moved over, others didn't even though they had plenty of room to do so.

To be fair there are times when drivers can't move when the traffic is thick.

Officer Clark says in that case you should just slow down.

View the "Video Extra" to watch an interview with Alabama State Trooper Lt. Tim Pullin for more on Alabama's Move Over Law.