Monroe Police Chief Bob Buchanan told the Journal-News that police continue to see motorists not following traffic laws.
“We’ve seen in the area an officer from Colerain Twp. being laid to rest last week after being struck by a vehicle while investigating an accident,” Buchanan said. “This is ever present on our minds and is why we ask people to slow down and move over when they see police, other first responder, utility and public works vehicles on the side of the road.”
Buchanan said there have been instances in the area where police cruisers have been struck by other vehicles while working traffic scenes.
Aspacher was transported to West Chester Hospital where he was treated and released. Buchanan said Aspacher has been with the Monroe police since 2013.
That section of Ohio 4 south was closed for more than two hours as troopers conducted their crash investigation. OSP Sgt. Jeff Staples said that no citations have been issued but are forthcoming.
The crash remains under investigation by the highway patrol’s Hamilton post.
The patrol said Ohio’s Move Over Law requires motorists to cautiously shift over one lane – or slow down if changing lanes is not possible – when passing any vehicle with flashing lights on the side of a road.
Move-over laws now exist in all 50 states to protect everyone who works and travels on Ohio roads, officials said.
The patrol said it is committed to enforcing this law and educating the public about its importance. From 2011-15, there were 67 highway patrol car crashes that appear to be related to failure to abide by the move-over law, the patrol said.