Safety of Highway First Responders Relies on Driver Awareness

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A Cleveland police officer died after a hit-and-run driver struck him as he set flares to divert traffic from another crash in which a fire truck was struck. Investigators say the driver was speeding and driving recklessly. Four months earlier, a state trooper was struck and killed on the same stretch of I-90. Police work, even seemingly mundane tasks like traffic control, is dangerous work.  We discuss the perils that first responders and traffic control officers face on the roads, and the responsibility drivers have to keep them safe. 


Steve Loomis, President, Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association  
Sgt. Tiffiany Coriell, Ohio State Highway Patrol  
Trevor Elkins, Mayor of Newburgh Heights 
Steve Groeninger, Sr. Director of Communications & Marketing, National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund  

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