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      'Move Over' law enforced for safety of officers

      A traffic pullover is something Michigan State Trooper Doug Cole sees on a regular basis. He does this for the safety of others, but when he steps out of his vehicle, he's depending on everyone else to adhere to what's known as the "Move Over" law. â??Iâ??ve had people fail to use due care and caution--move over and slow down,â?? said Trooper Doug Cole. â??They went by me and I have stopped people for that in the past.â??

      In 2011, Michigan State Trooper Drew Spencer received severe injuries after being struck by a vehicle during a traffic stop. His successful recovery is the focus behind new information in the "Move Over" campaign put on by the Michigan State Police. â??This has been going on for several years, but we've noticed that sometimes people are still not moving out of the way,â?? said Lieutenant Post Commander Christine Grabowski.

      The law is quite simple to adhere to. If there's an emergency vehicle stopped with its lights flashing and there are double lanes to use, move over. If there is only one lane, do your best to move as far over as possible, and by all means, slow down.

      â??When Iâ??ve had it happen, it's always when Iâ??ve been in the car, and my car will shake when they go by because they don't slow down,â?? Cole said. Someone found responsible for violating this law is guilty of a misdemeanor and can face enhanced penalties for up to 15 years in prison and/or $7,500 fine if the violation causes injury or death to a police officer, firefighter or other emergency response personnel.

      Itâ??s important to make sure we're protecting the people who protect us. So make the move and others will follow.