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Posted on Tue, Nov 15, 2011 : 9:21 a.m.

State officials use YouTube to get out safety warning

By Lisa Allmendinger

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.



Tue, Nov 15, 2011 : 5:31 p.m.

This is a good point considering that even State Police aren't always able to use the turn-arounds safely. Case in point: one day while traveling on I94 near Belleville I nearly slammed into a State Trooper that had been sitting in the turn-around looking for speeders. I was traveling in the left lane and apparently he decided to pull over someone but started to pull out right in front of me and stopped just short of getting run down by me going 70mph. I was surprised though that he seemed to admit his mistake by giving me an "oops I'm sorry" look as he waved.