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Message Monday - Fender bender? You got to move it... move it


9-12 message mondayYou’re in shock. Someone just crunched your vehicle’s rear bumper in the middle of traffic. You’re not injured, but you’re not sure what to do next.

Clearing the vehicles involved in the crash off the travel portion of the roadway is safer for the drivers involved and for those who are driving through the scene. This “quick clearance” to the side of the road allows traffic to continue to move, reducing the chance of a secondary crash.

Here’s a video of what not to do from a crash on I-80 earlier this year.

And …just to get you moving on a Monday morning…

The fatality count of 260 is an increase of four from last Monday. To see statistics published daily by the Office of Driver Services, go to

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