(08/29/13) - It's a slogan you're going to hear a lot - "Save a Life, Give a
It's how State Police are reminding drivers to move over or slow down for stopped emergency vehicles.
The move-over law has been on the books for more than 10 years, but with a busy travel weekend coming up, State Police and other safety officials want you to remember how important it is.
"Our radio announcement says there are simply some moments you can't afford to miss. And our television announcement echoes this message by using an empty chair to emphasize a police officer who is missing an important moment because of an incident," said Melody Kindraka, communications coordinator for the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning.
State Trooper Drew Spencer is featured in the public service announcements. He was struck by a motorist during a traffic stop on I-96 in Ingham County two years ago.
"I don't remember anything for quite a while. It's all kind of a big blur as far as that situation goes," he said.
"It's a call I hope I never get again," said Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the Michigan State Police Lansing Post.
Spencer fought back from life threatening injuries and returned to active duty. His experience is being turned into a powerful message to drivers.
"This happens a lot more than a lot of people realize," he said. "Whether it's people that aren't paying attention, whether it's people that are driving toward the lights, it's still a big issue regardless of where in the state or what department it is or what kind of worker in on the side of the road."
It really doesn't matter what kind of emergency vehicle it is - police, fire, ambulance. Every motorist either has to move over or pass with caution.
"Motorists can do more. They can do their part to take the danger out of the job," Etue said.
Three of the last five state troopers killed in the line of duty were hit by motorists during traffic stops. Roses have been attached to their names at the State Police Memorial.
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