You Still Don’t Get It: Slow Down, Move Over
The State of Michigan is harping about it, because you still aren't doing it enough.
Even after the tragic death of Comstock Fire Chief Ed Switalkski, Michigan drivers are not slowing down and moving over enough, putting emergency personnel at risk over and over again.
Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson has release another video reminding drivers to slow down and move over.
(Michigan Secretary of State's Office via YouTube)
Michigan’s Emergency Vehicle Caution Law went into effect in 2001, so an entire generation has grown up it, and drivers continue to ignore the law. that "requires that when drivers see a stationary emergency vehicle or tow truck pulled over with its flashing, rotating or oscillating lights on, passing motorists must move over at least one lane or two vehicle widths. If moving over cannot be accomplished, motorists must slow down and pass with caution."
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the No. 1 cause of law enforcement deaths is traffic incidents. According to a report cited by the Pew Center, each year about six to eight fire rescue and emergency medical service personnel are killed in or near moving traffic, as are 10 to 12 police officers. The Emergency Responder Safety Institute estimates that a tow operator in killed every six days in the United States while providing roadside or towing services.