NEGAUNEE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WLUC) - A new law aimed at keeping first responders, police and others safe on highways went into effect Wednesday.
The new law was signed by former Governor Rick Snyder back in November. It requires vehicles to slow down to 10 miles an hour below the speed limit and move over a lane if possible when around emergency or maintenance vehicles on the roadside.
Michigan State Police say it's an issue that really hits home for them.
"Just this week there were two troopers who were struck while working on the road, they were injured, not seriously injured but injured, and last year we had troopers from this post get hit while on the side of the road, so it's something we all know well," said MSP Trooper, Andrew Peterson.
If found in violation of the new law the fine is $400. This law is more specific than the one it expands upon which just required vehicles to use caution and move over a lane.