'It's an epidemic': State police reminding drivers of Move Over - WNEM TV 5

'It's an epidemic': State police reminding drivers of Move Over Law

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MICHIGAN, (WNEM) -

If you see an ambulance with their lights on driving down the road, what do you do? It might seem like common sense, but Michigan State Police say not enough people are pulling over.

In fact, they’re calling it an epidemic.

Cars are failing to pull off to the side of the road when they see a police car, an ambulance or a fire truck with their lights on.

“We could be rendering assistance to some motorist that needs help, and we have cars going 75-80 mph on the freeway,” said Lt. David Kaiser with Michigan State Police.

Lt. Kaiser said it’s something he shakes his head at all the time, but it’s more than annoying for the officers trying to get where they’re going.

It’s something that could put them in danger.

“You know, I think people just get so caught up in their own worlds. Traffic is heavy, they're worried about getting from point A to point B. Sometimes they're on a phone, sometimes that distraction causes us our lives,” Kaiser said.

It's actually illegal not to move over, whether you are driving on a country road or an interstate.

You don't even have to come to a complete stop. Kaiser said drivers simply have to get into the right lane and lay off the gas.

“When you see a police car, a tow truck what have you, it's important to slow down and give a lane,” Kaiser said.

In Michigan, not pulling over is a misdemeanor that could be up to four points on your license.

A driver who violates the Move Over Law and ends up causing injury or death as a result could face up to 15 years in prison. 

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