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First responder media event Nov. 15 to promote Crash Responder Safety Week and Michigan's Move Over Law

Lansing, Mich. - The Michigan Traffic Incident Management Action Team and AAA Michigan are hosting a media event to bring awareness to Crash Responder Safety Week (Nov. 14-18) and Michigan's Move Over Law. The event will highlight the importance of drivers slowing down and moving over for emergency vehicles, as well as safely managing traffic incidents and preventing secondary crashes. First responder vehicles will be available.

Who:
AAA Michigan
Lincoln Park Fire Department
Michigan Towing Association
Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) staff
Michigan's Traffic Incident Management Action Team

When:
Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022
10 a.m.

Where:
AAA Michigan
1 Auto Club Drive
Dearborn, MI  48126

Background:
Each year across the country, hundreds of emergency responders are struck and injured or killed while responding to traffic incidents. Crash Responder Safety Week will focus on teaching everyone that we have a shared responsibility for safely and quickly clearing traffic crashes as well as slowing down and moving over.

 Unfortunately, first responders are still being struck and killed or injured at an alarming rate. In 2021, a traffic crash was reported in Michigan every 1 minute and 52 seconds, resulting in 282,640 traffic crashes. Emergency vehicles were involved in 2,379 of these crashes, including two fatal crashes and 356 injury crashes. Safety, emergency, local, and state groups and organizations around Michigan will use the week to educate drivers and local public safety professionals about the dangers of traffic incident response in an effort to prevent injuries and deaths. 

Michigan residents can join the effort by ensuring their vehicle is in good working condition, packing a roadside emergency kit, and remaining in their vehicle until help arrives. When driving near an incident scene, Michigan's Move Over Law requires drivers to slow down to at least 10 mph below the posted speed limit and move over, if possible. This law applies to stationary emergency vehicles with flashing lights activated, including roadside tow trucks and courtesy vehicles operated by MDOT. It also applies to garbage trucks, road maintenance, and utility service vehicles that have amber lights flashing.

Dawn Miller, MDOT
517-242-3610
MillerD2@Michigan.gov

Gary Bubar, AAA Michigan
734-751-1606
gtbubar@acg.aaa.com