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Sergeant Daum and Trooper Heinlein
Sergeant Butch Daum and Trooper Adam Heinlein

On February 16, 2006, while working in Highlands County, Trooper Adam Heinlein was a victim of a Move Over Law Violation. Trooper Heinlein and his patrol car were hit by a motorist failing to Move Over when approaching a law enforcement vehicle with its emergency lights activated.

Semi and patrol car after the accident.

On U.S. 27 approximately one mile south of State Road 70 in rural Highlands County, a semi-truck and trailer traveling northbound struck the driver side of Trooper Heinlein’s vehicle. Trooper Heinlein had his door cracked with his left leg out of the vehicle. Luck was on Trooper Heinlein's side. At impact he was inches away from having serious injuries to his leg, and fortunately only sustained small cuts. However, the violator whom Trooper Heinlein had stopped was standing between the trooper's vehicle and his truck and was sprayed with glass debris. He was taken to an area hospital for treatment.

The driver of the semi-truck was pulled over and cited with careless driving and faulty equipment violations. Motorists must Move Over as prescribed under Florida law. Please make our jobs safer and Help Protect Those Who Protect You.

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