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New Campaign To Urge 'Move Over Law' Compliance

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It was a typical day on the job during labor day weekend in 2011.  

"I just remember being out working the road, doing normal duties trying to protect and serve and do what's regular for our job," said Trooper Drew Spencer, from the Michigan State Police Lansing post.

Until he was hit by a vehicle while making a traffic stop. He suffered from a skull fracture, separated shoulder and traumatic brain injuries.

"I don't remember anything at all. I don't remember the date, I don't remember before the incident, I don't remember for about two weeks after," said Spencer.

Now almost two years later, The "Save a Life. Give a Lane. It's the Move Over Law" has been created. It promotes awareness of Michigan's Emergency Vehicle Caution Law.

The law requires motorists to move over for stopped emergency vehicles with their lights activated or slow down and pass with caution if it is not possible to safely change lanes.

"When you see an emergency vehicle with their lights flashing, move over or slow down and pass with caution if you can't move over safely," said Melody Kindraka, Michigan Office of Highway and Safety Planning.

Trooper Spencer wasn't the only one hurt like this in the line of duty. Four other troopers also passed away in similar accidents.

"The first thing that goes through my mind is we cannot lose another state trooper in such a tragic accident," said Colonel Kriste Etue, from the Michigan State Police Lansing post.

"We've had too many unfortunate incidents where law enforcement have died in the line of duty because of the same situation," said Spencer.

Trooper Spencer hopes this campaign will better protect law enforcement on the road, so they too can return home to their families.

"Moving over gives us a little bit of safety, give us a little bit of room so that we can make sure that not only we can go home at night but they can go home at night without having anything to worry about as well," said Spencer.

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