State officials use YouTube to get out safety warning
The Michigan Department of Transportation and the Michigan State Police are using YouTube to get out a safety message that illegally using emergency freeway crossovers is extremely dangerous.
The video warns people about crashes waiting to happen when unauthorized vehicles turn into and out of these areas on freeways.
“This is a serious public safety concern," State Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle said in a news release. "Every one of the crashes that occur at these locations can be prevented."
If caught, it means two points on your driver’s license. Michigan law authorizes law enforcement officials, emergency response personnel and tow trucks to access to those freeway crossovers.
The unauthorized use of a freeway crossover can create a safety hazard when unsuspecting motorists traveling at posted speeds rapidly close in on vehicles slowing down to illegally turn into a crossover, the release states.
There also is the risk of crashing when drivers pull back onto the freeway at a much slower speed than the rest of traffic.