Michigan’s ‘Move Over Law’ now includes all emergency vehicles, garbage trucks


LANSING, Mich. – Michigan’s “Move Over Law” now includes several other vehicles.

Gov. Rick Snyder signed into a law an expansion of the “Move Over Law,” which required drivers to slow to 10 mph below the posted speed limit, as well as to yield their lane, when passing police or emergency vehicles on the side of the road.

The bill also includes roadside tow trucks, garbage trucks, maintenance, and utility vehicles that have amber lights flashing.

Violations would be a civil offense subject to a $400 fine. 

“This legislation will better protect those responding to emergencies as well as workers on busy roadways,” Snyder said. “My hope by signing this bill is that more Michiganders will slow down and give a lane.”

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WENY News – Elmira Police Officer hit by car, police looking for driver – WENY

UPDATE: Shortly after 2:30 a.m. Thursday, the Elmira Police Department posted an update on its Facebook saying police had located the car involved.

No other details were released.

We’ll continue to follow this story and update this page as more information becomes available.

ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) — The Elmira Police Department says one of their officers was injured after being hit by a car on Wednesday afternoon.

EPD says the officer was on foot in the area of Partridge Street, when a dark colored Acura sedan accelerated towards the officer, hitting him around 4:30 p.m. Police say the officer was treated for non-life threatening injuries, and the officer’s immediate family have been notified.

The car was last seen driving eastbound on Partridge, and then north on Fulton Street.

Police believe the car in question had gold New York license plates with the following registration: HVG-6361  

If you have any information on this incident, or if you know of the whereabouts of this car, contact EPD at (607) 735-8600 or (607) 737-5626. Police also ask that you do not intervene with the car or the operator if spotted.

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Pedestrians Struck by Car- Search on for the Driver


(WBRE/WYOU-TV)     Drama and commotion today in center city Hazleton  as a fight leads to a hit and run.Three people were struck by a vehicle… Including a city parking enforcement officer.    Now the search is on for the driver.  The I-Team’s Andy Mehalshick was on the scene shortly after,

“I just heard a lot of screaming and yelling. All I did I got up looked out the window and there was a pile of people in the middle of the street. The fists were flying.” David Haupt was working in third-floor office near the brawl that erupted near the intersection of Laurel and Broad Streets.

  “I saw a parking authority car pull up and they were trying to break it up.” Said Haupt.

 Franklin Sanchez was one of the two men who was involved in the fight…you can see his busted lip. He said he was here to meet with Travis Flanagan, to finalize the purchase of a car. The two began to argue.

  Sanchez says his grandfather, grandmother, and mother were with him and tried to break up the fight. He says Flanagan jumped into his SUV and fled the area…

  “We were just like that close to his car I got out I tried to help my grandmom and mom he just made a sharp turn and he hit my mom and my grandma and the parking guy.” Said Sanchez.

 All three were taken to the hospital to be checked out…Flanagan is still on the run tonight  “We have identified the person and we’re going forward. If the person is smart they will turn themselves in immediately.” Said Hazleton Police Chief Jerry Speziale.

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AAA and first responder organizations such as law enforcement, fire, emergency and towing services personnel are teaming up to highlight the importance of Michigan’s Move Over law.

(WXYZ) – AAA and first responder organizations such as law enforcement, fire, emergency and towing services personnel are teaming up to highlight the importance of Michigan’s Move Over law.

The event, called Move Over Michigan, will also highlight the risks that first responders are placed in on a regular basis when motorists don’t exercise care and caution when passing.

The focus will be on increasing awareness that this law also applies to the thousands of tow trucks in Michigan.

Michigan’s Move Over law requires motorists to move over for stationary emergency vehicles with their lights activated or slow down and pass with caution if it isn’t possible to safely change lanes.

According to a 2014 statewide survey commissioned by the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning, nearly 80 percent of motorists are aware of Michigan’s Move Over law and that it applies to police vehicles, fire trucks and ambulances. Only 60 percent know the law also applies to tow trucks.

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Trooper injured trying to stop wrong-way driver; three vehicles hit before driver crashes




A State Police trooper and two motorists were injured late Tuesday when a suspected drunk driver traveled the wrong way on Interstate 91 in Longmeadow, smashing into three vehicles before finally crashing his own vehicle, State Police said.

The name of the trooper was not released, but State Police spokesman David Procopio wrote in an e-mail that he was taken to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, where he was treated and released for minor injuries following the 10 p.m. incident.

A 33-year-old Florida resident who was a passenger in a 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and a 22-year-old Enfield, Conn., woman who was driving a 2011 Toyota Corolla suffered incapacitating but non-life-threatening injuries and were also taken to Baystate Medical Center, Procopio wrote.

The trooper’s 2013 Ford Interceptor, a marked cruiser, was heavily damaged, he wrote.

According to Procopio, the incident began when the suspected drunk driver — a West Springfield man now identified as Yevgeniy Y. Rudenko — was driving into Longmeadow on I-91 from Connecticut. While operating a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado, the 31-year-old Rudenko was driving north in the southbound lanes and State Police were alerted by passing motorists.

The trooper who “was on patrol around Mile Marker 3 quickly located the wrong way driver coming toward him. The suspect was in the breakdown lane,’’ Procopio wrote. “The Trooper positioned his cruiser in front of the wrong-way operator in an attempt to stop him and prevent injury to other motorists.”

Instead of stopping, however, the driver smashed into the cruiser and continued driving north in the southbound lanes, Procopio wrote. Soon after, the driver hit the Tahoe and Camry — and then flipped over when it crashed on the Longmeadow/Springfield line, Procopio wrote.

“The suspect was not injured when he crashed. He was taken out of his vehicle and Troopers observed obvious signs of impairment,’’ Procopio wrote. He was taken to the State Police barracks in Springfield for booking on multiple charges.

The southbound lanes were closed until about midnight for the investigation and debris cleanup.

Rudenko faces multiple charges, including operating under the influence of liquor, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, state highway wrong-way violation, possession of an open container of alcohol while driving, marked lanes violation, and speeding.

He was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in Springfield District Court.

John R. Ellement can be reached at ellement@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.

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Trooper injured trying to stop wrong-way driver; three vehicles hit before driver crashes




A State Police trooper and two motorists were injured late Tuesday when a suspected drunk driver traveled the wrong way on Interstate 91 in Longmeadow, smashing into three vehicles before finally crashing his own vehicle, State Police said.

The name of the trooper was not released, but State Police spokesman David Procopio wrote in an e-mail that he was taken to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, where he was treated and released for minor injuries following the 10 p.m. incident.

A 33-year-old Florida resident who was a passenger in a 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and a 22-year-old Enfield, Conn., woman who was driving a 2011 Toyota Corolla suffered incapacitating but non-life-threatening injuries and were also sent to Baystate Medical Center, Procopio wrote.

The trooper’s 2013 Ford Interceptor, a marked cruiser, was heavily damaged, he wrote.

According to Procopio, the incident began when the suspected drunk driver — a West Springfield man now identified as Yevgeniy Y. Rudenko — was driving into Longmeadow on I-91 from Connecticut. While operating a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado, the 31-year-old Rudenko was driving north in the southbound lanes and State Police were alerted by passing motorists.

The trooper who “was on patrol around Mile Marker 3 quickly located the wrong way driver coming toward him. The suspect was in the breakdown lane,’’ Procopio wrote. “The Trooper positioned his cruiser in front of the wrong-way operator in an attempt to stop him and prevent injury to other motorists.”

Instead of stopping, however, the driver smashed into the cruiser and continued driving north in the southbound lanes, Procopio wrote. Soon after, the driver hit the Tahoe and Camry — and then flipped over when it crashed on the Longmeadow/Springfield line, Procopio wrote.

“The suspect was not injured when he crashed. He was taken out of his vehicle and Troopers observed obvious signs of impairment,’’ Procopio wrote. He was taken to the State Police barracks in Springfield for booking on multiple charges.

The southbound lanes were closed until about midnight for the investigation and debris clean-up.

Rudenko faces multiple charges, including operating under the influence of liquor, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, state highway wrong way violation, possession of an open container of alcohol while driving, marked lanes violation, and speeding.

He is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in Springfield District Court.

John R. Ellement can be reached at ellement@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.

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MDOT Demonstrates ‘Move Over’ Law

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Every day, thousands of emergency responders put their lives on the line to save others. While the rapid response is crucial, several workers have died over the years in the line of duty.

More than 500 people die in traffic crashes every year in Maryland. Dozens of emergency responders have been killed or injured along Maryland roadways.

Back in 2013, it was State Trooper Jacqueline Kline who was assisting on a traffic stop along Route 100 when she was hit by a car.

Her body was thrown into a ditch, leaving her with a brain injury. The driver was in violation of the “Move Over” law.

In 2014, another Maryland state trooper was nearly killed on the side of the road.

The “Move Over” law provides protection for law enforcement and emergency workers, requiring drivers to slow down or move over for flashing lights.

On Tuesday, the Maryland Department of Transportation shed light on the law, even putting on a mock accident to show how much room responders need to do their job.

“My husband was struck and killed while on the side of Route 100, he was a tow truck operator for Ted’s Towing,” said Jenna Schreiber.

The driver who killed Schreiber’s husband was never found.

Since then, the “Move Over” law has become her passion.

“Our children were one and three when he was killed, they’re missing out, that person stole something from us,” Schreiber said.

Tuesday’s event was part of National Traffic Incident Management Awareness Week. Violators of the “Move Over” law that causes deadly or serious accidents could face up to $750 and three points on their license.

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15-year-old girl on bike fatally struck by car in Pembroke Pines – WPLG


PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. – A 15-year-old girl from Pembroke Pines was riding her bicycle Monday when she was fatally struck by a car, authorities said.

The girl was identified as Cassie Torres.

According to Pembroke Pines police, Torres was riding her bike east on the sidewalk on the south side of Taft Street shortly after 5 p.m. and turned left on Northwest 125th Avenue, where she proceeded to cross northbound.


Authorities said Amanda Hernandez, 53, also of Pembroke Pines, was driving west on Taft Street in her silver Mercedes-Benz C230, approaching 125th Avenue.

As the car traveled through the intersection, the teen rode her bike into its path and was struck, police said.

“I know she was in the street, so she wasn’t riding where she should have, in the bike trail, and she wasn’t wearing a helmet. But still, it was a holiday and it’s a 35 (mph) speed limit, so it must have been a really hard crash,” Andrea Jurgenson, who drove by the crash scene, told Local 10 News. 

Authorities said Hernandez remained at the scene and cooperated with detectives. 

Pembroke Pines firefighters took Torres to Memorial Regional Hospital, where she died just after 6:30 p.m.


Torres’ uncle told Local 10 News reporter Sanela Sabovic that his niece had just celebrated her quinceanera two months ago.

“I miss her so much. I miss her so much,” Robert Zvigelsky said.  

Zvigelsky said his niece was a student at Charles W. Flanagan High School and was riding her bike to Starbucks with a friend since they were off from school Monday. 

He said Torres was a big Disney fans and loved her three dogs. 

“She loved everybody. She was a good person, sweet person,” Zvigelsky said. 

No charges have been filed in the incident. Traffic homicide detectives are still investigating the crash.

“It’s just like a bad dream and you just want to slap yourself to wake up,” Zvigelsky said. 

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