3 DOT crashes in one week prove as stark reminder for `move over` law

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HARTFORD -- Stephen Rice has been with the Department of Transportation for the past 15 years -- and he's got a message for drivers in the state.

"It's not a matter of how its going to happen, it's a matter of when."

He's saying that because of a spike in accidents in construction zones. "You hear the skid marks, you hear the cars hitting the rumble strips. While you're concentrating on doing your job, as a crew leader you have to worry about your crew and I have to worry about myself."

During the past week three incidents happened around the state in construction zones.

The most recent one in East Hartford late Thursday night, where an alleged drunk driver plowed into a crash truck and ended up on top of a state police cruiser. It happened around 11:15 p.m. at the Route 3 and I-91 interchange. The incident serving as a stark reminder about the dangers of just doing your job.

Trooper Ashley Harkins is just one set of eyes looking for drivers violating the state's move over law - meaning drivers who don`t slow down in construction zones.

"I just hope that everyone can slow down and take your time.  That slowing down and taking your time won't make a difference [in getting there.]"