DMV Police Cruiser Hit on I-91 During “Connect to Disconnect” Campaign
A marked DMV Police cruiser was hit during a traffic stop on Interstate 91 in St. Johnsbury.
On Saturday morning April 13, 2019, at 8:12 AM DMV Inspector Ben Shelp was conducting a commercial motor vehicle stop on Interstate 91 southbound near mile marker 135.2 in the town of St. Johnsbury. While Inspector Shelp was seated inside of his marked cruiser with emergency lights activated a 2009 Toyota Tundra pickup traveling southbound failed to yield or move over and collided with the driver side rear of Shelp’s 2016 Chevrolet Silverado pickup. The operator was identified as Dana E. Wells age 41 of Lyndonville, Vermont. Neither Wells nor Inspector Shelp required medical treatment at the crash scene. The DMV Police cruiser had to be towed from the crash scene due to disabling damage. Vermont State Police – St. Johnsbury is investigating the crash.
Inspector Shelp was part of several DMV Police teams working traffic safety details on Interstate 89 and 91 as part of the “Connect to Disconnect” campaign this weekend to reduce distracted driving. In addition, DMV Inspectors were on the lookout for motorists not moving over for stopped first responders on Vermont highways.
State law requires drivers approaching a stationary law enforcement vehicle, ambulance, fire fighting vehicle, a vehicle used in rescue operations, or a towing and repair vehicle displaying signal lamps, and traveling in the same direction, to reduce speed and, if safe to do so, vacate the lane closest to the stationary vehicles.
The penalty for violating Vermont’s Move Over Law is 5 points and a $335.00 fine.