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2017 Senate Bill 477: Define “reduce and maintain a safe speed,” with penalties

Public Act 349 of 2018

Introduced by Sen. Dale W. Zorn (R) on June 21, 2017
To amend a law that requires drivers to move over or "reduce and maintain a safe speed" when passing police or emergency vehicles on the side of the road. The bill would define “reduce speed” as slowing down by at least 10 miles an hour.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Transportation Committee on June 21, 2017
Reported in the Senate on December 5, 2017
With the recommendation that the substitute (S-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on December 6, 2017.
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To expand a law that requires drivers to move over or "reduce and maintain a safe speed" when passing police or emergency vehicles on the side of the road so this is also required for tow trucks, garbage trucks, surveyors, road maintenance and utility vehicles. The bill would define “reduce speed” as slowing down to at least 10 mph below the posted limit.
Received in the House on December 6, 2017
Referred to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on December 6, 2017
Reported in the House on May 22, 2018
With the recommendation that the substitute (H-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered by Rep. Triston Cole (R) on September 25, 2018
To replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details but does not change the substance as previously described.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on September 25, 2018
Amendment offered by Rep. Triston Cole (R) on September 25, 2018
To establish that if enacted the bill will go into effect 90 days afterwards.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on September 25, 2018
Amendment offered by Rep. Triston Cole (R) on September 26, 2018
To makes violations a civil offense punishable by a $400 fine.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on September 26, 2018
Passed 107 to 0 in the House on September 26, 2018.
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To require drivers to slow to 10 mph below the posted speed limit when passing police or emergency vehicles on the side of the road, and also require this when passing roadside tow trucks, garbage trucks, maintenance and utility vehicles that have amber lights flashing. Violations would be a civil offense subject to a $400 fine. The bill does not define which posted limit on freeways would apply (the one for cars, for trucks, for work-zones, etc.).
Received in the Senate on November 8, 2018
Passed 34 to 0 in the Senate on November 8, 2018.
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(same description)
To require drivers to slow to 10 mph below the posted speed limit when passing police or emergency vehicles on the side of the road, and also require this when passing roadside tow trucks, garbage trucks, maintenance and utility vehicles that have amber lights flashing. Violations would be a civil offense subject to a $400 fine. The bill does not define which posted limit on freeways would apply (the one for cars, for trucks, for work-zones, etc.).
Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on November 15, 2018

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