Michigan Expands Its ‘Move Over Law’ To Include More Vehicles

Michigan expanded its “Move Over Law.”

Now, it includes more vehicles for drivers to steer clear of.

Governor Rick Snyder signed this bill Thursday.

It includes vehicles such as tow and garbage trucks, as well as utility vehicles with flashing lights.

“You’re thinking about ‘oh man I’ve got 10 minutes to get to work’, you’re not thinking about the guys life on the side of the road, “ said Matt Reinertson, owner of Beeman’s Towing.

Reinertson says towing cars is more dangerous than it may seem.

It becomes especially dangerous when cars don’t move over when he and his crews are out working.

“If we see someone coming and it’s too close, we’ll stop what we’re doing and go on the other side of the truck,” said Reinertson.

For Reinertson and his crews, that could often mean it takes longer for them to get their job done.

“We get done quicker when people are out of the way and we don’t have to stop and keep watching for our safety as much,” said Reinertson.

People like Reinertson are pleased that Michigan now includes drivers like them in a law that requires cars and trucks to be more aware when they see those flashing lights.

Cars are required to move over a lane and slow down ten miles per hour less than the posted speed limit.

The updated law will however exempt some people from slowing down.

“If there’s a utility vehicle or a police vehicle along the side freeway in the northbound lanes, the southbound lane, as long as there’s a division between the two, doesn’t necessarily have to adhere to that slow down law,” said Lt. Travis House from the Michigan State Police.

The overall goal is simple to keep everyone safe.

“Everybody’s out there to serve the community and do their part to help people and you don’t want to see anyone get hurt while they’re in the process of doing that,” said Reinertson.

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Michigan Expands Its ‘Move Over Law’ To Include More Vehicles

Michigan expanded its “Move Over Law.”

Now, it includes more vehicles for drivers to steer clear of.

Governor Rick Snyder signed this bill Thursday.

It includes vehicles such as tow and garbage trucks, as well as utility vehicles with flashing lights.

“You’re thinking about ‘oh man I’ve got 10 minutes to get to work’, you’re not thinking about the guys life on the side of the road, “ said Matt Reinertson, owner of Beeman’s Towing.

Reinertson says towing cars is more dangerous than it may seem.

It becomes especially dangerous when cars don’t move over when he and his crews are out working.

“If we see someone coming and it’s too close, we’ll stop what we’re doing and go on the other side of the truck,” said Reinertson.

For Reinertson and his crews, that could often mean it takes longer for them to get their job done.

“We get done quicker when people are out of the way and we don’t have to stop and keep watching for our safety as much,” said Reinertson.

People like Reinertson are pleased that Michigan now includes drivers like them in a law that requires cars and trucks to be more aware when they see those flashing lights.

Cars are required to move over a lane and slow down ten miles per hour less than the posted speed limit.

The updated law will however exempt some people from slowing down.

“If there’s a utility vehicle or a police vehicle along the side freeway in the northbound lanes, the southbound lane, as long as there’s a division between the two, doesn’t necessarily have to adhere to that slow down law,” said Lt. Travis House from the Michigan State Police.

The overall goal is simple to keep everyone safe.

“Everybody’s out there to serve the community and do their part to help people and you don’t want to see anyone get hurt while they’re in the process of doing that,” said Reinertson.

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State trooper struck by car on Turnpike, flown to hospital

A New Jersey State Trooper was struck by a car on the New Jersey Turnpike in Burlington County on Friday afternoon and flown to the hospital.

The trooper, whose name was not released, was “awake, alert and talking” at Cooper University Health Care with a “non life-threatening” leg injury as of 4 p.m., New Jersey State Police Sgt. Lawrence Peele said.

The trooper was hit around 3 p.m. near mile marker 47.7 in Springfield after he got out of his car to investigate an earlier crash, Peele said.

The driver who hit the officer stopped and was cooperating with police, he said.

“It’s still very early in the investigation, but the important thing is that the trooper is OK and driver is cooperating in the investigation,” Peele said.

Chris Sheldon may be reached at csheldon@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @chrisrsheldon Find NJ.com on Facebook.

 

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SC trooper injured when chase ends in crash – Index

A trooper was injured in a crash at the end of a pursuit, according to the state Highway Patrol.

At about 11:30 p.m. Thursday, a trooper saw a 2012 Cadillac SUV going 77 mph in a 55 mph zone along U.S. Highway 25 in Greenwood County and attempted to stop the vehicle, according to Lance Cpl. Justin Sutherland. The vehicle did not stop and law enforcement pursued the vehicle into Edgefield County.

During the chase, the SUV veered left, striking a Highway Patrol vehicle and sending both vehicles off the left side of the road where they struck several trees, Sutherland said.

The trooper was taken to Self Regional Medical Center and the SUV’s driver, a 28-year-old Anderson man, was taken by helicopter to Greenville Memorial Hospital. The injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

Sutherland said Ware Shoals police had attempted to stop the same vehicle earlier in the night.

The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.

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SC trooper injured when chase ends in crash – Index

A trooper was injured in a crash at the end of a pursuit, according to the state Highway Patrol.

At about 11:30 p.m. Thursday, a trooper saw a 2012 Cadillac SUV going 77 mph in a 55 mph zone along U.S. Highway 25 in Greenwood County and attempted to stop the vehicle, according to Lance Cpl. Justin Sutherland. The vehicle did not stop and law enforcement pursued the vehicle into Edgefield County.

During the chase, the SUV veered left, striking a Highway Patrol vehicle and sending both vehicles off the left side of the road where they struck several trees, Sutherland said.

The trooper was taken to Self Regional Medical Center and the SUV’s driver, a 28-year-old Anderson man, was taken by helicopter to Greenville Memorial Hospital. The injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

Sutherland said Ware Shoals police had attempted to stop the same vehicle earlier in the night.

The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.

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Birmingham police officer hit by vehicle on interstate

A Birmingham police officer was seriously injured Friday morning after being hit by a vehicle on Interstate 59.

The officer was hit while working the scene of an accident, according to Birmingham Fire and Rescue.

The accident happened just before the Roebuck exit on the southbound side of I-59.

The officer was taken to UAB Hospital and doesn’t appear to be life threatening, according to Birmingham Police.

The driver of the other vehicle is cooperating with the investigation.

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Birmingham police officer hit by vehicle on interstate

A Birmingham police officer was seriously injured Friday morning after being hit by a vehicle on Interstate 59.

The officer was hit while working the scene of an accident, according to Birmingham Fire and Rescue.

The accident happened just before the Roebuck exit on the southbound side of I-59.

The officer was taken to UAB Hospital and doesn’t appear to be life threatening, according to Birmingham Police.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

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‘Move Over Law’ in Michigan gets stricter

– By now, we should all know the rules: if you see a police car, fire truck or EMT on the road, move over one lane to give them some extra space. Well now, that law here in Michigan is getting more strict.

Now, Michigan drivers will be required to slow down when passing an emergency, maintenance or utility vehicle that is on the side of the road.

A law signed Thursday by Gov. Rick Snyder requires drivers to slow by 10 mph – below the posted speed limit – and, if possible, move over a lane when passing a police or emergency vehicle on the side of the road.

The law takes effect in mid-February and replaces a current requirement that drivers proceed with caution and move over when passing such vehicles.

Violators will be subject to a $400 fine.

Snyder says the law will better protect emergency responders and workers on busy roadways. He says he hopes more Michiganders “will slow down and give a lane.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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Mom and two kids struck by car in west Houston – KTRK

A mother and her two children have been hospitalized after they were reportedly struck by a car in west Houston, police say.

According to HPD, the collision happened around 6:42 p.m. at the intersection of Westpark and Westchase.

The victims’ conditions are not known, but police say at least one of the children received CPR at the scene.

Police said that the driver remained at the scene.

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