Police reminding drivers to move over after Saginaw County officer injured
SAGINAW, Mich. - First responders are reminding drivers to follow the law and move to another lane when they see an emergency vehicle on the road in the same lane. This comes after a Saginaw County Sheriff's car was hit on Wednesday while officers were policing another crash.
Saginaw County Sheriff William Federspiel says shortly after 1 PM, the officer was sitting inside his parked car on Interstate 75 Southbound near the Frankenmuth/Bridgeport exit. He says the officer's flashing lights were on. He says a diver didn't switch lanes and rear-ended the officer's car.
"The bumper was actually almost ripped in half," Federspiel says.
Federspiel says the officer was hospitalized with minor injuries but expected to be released and return to work.
"Luckily there was no one in the back seat," Federspiel says.
The driver sustained minor injuries. Federspiel says he doesn't know why the driver didn't change lanes or if he will face charges. The investigation is ongoing.
Federspiel says this is why drivers must follow the move over law when emergency and construction crews are on the road.
"We're not here to try and put points on your license. We just want to go home to our families as well," Federspiel says.
Wednesday morning and afternoon Saginaw County 911 report 60 accidents throughout the county.
Investigators say the law is so important because first responders need to be safe.
"Most of my deputies have families that they want to be home with eating dinner with, not in the hospital."
Investigators say the punishment varies. If a person is found guilty of not moving over and causing an officer's death they face $7,500 fines and up to 15 years in jail.