Michigan State Police Patrol Car Struck By Semi On I-96

State police are reminding drivers -- "Move over, it's the law."

WWJ News
December 09, 2019 - 5:47 pm
State Police Car

(Photo: WWJ/Mike Campbell)


DETROIT (WWJ) -- Michigan State Police are reminding drivers to move over for stationary emergency vehicles on the roadways.

A semi-truck driver received a ticket after he sideswiped a patrol car Monday afternoon. Authorities say a trooper assigned to the Metro South Post was on the westbound lanes of I-96 near Michigan Avenue around 2:30 p.m. closing a lane due to an existing crash.

A semi-truck heaing west struck the police car's mirror and front passenger door. The collision broke the patrol car's axle and detached the tire.

No one was injured during the incident, but MSP says the semi driver stopped at the scene and was cited for failure to yield for a stationary emergency vehicle.

Michigan law requires drivers to slow down to at least 10 mph below the posted speed limit and if possible, move over into an open lane. The law applies to police cars, fire trucks, rescue vehicles, ambulances, road service and maintenance vehicles, and others.

Drivers who violate the law are responsible for a civil infraction and are subject to two points on their driver's license and a fine of $400. Motorists face felony charges and enhanced penalties of up to 15 years in prison and/or a $7,500 fine if the violation causes death to a police officer, firefighter, or other emergency response personnel. For injury to a police officer, firefighter or other emergency response personnel the motorist is guilty of a felony and the penalty is up to 2 years in prison and/or a $1,000 fine.