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“Train Like A Soldier” Offers Teen Drivers Improved Defensive Driving

IRON MOUNTAIN, Mich. (WLUC) – The safety of first responders is one of the most important goals at any emergency scene. Michigan State Police hope to teach young drivers what to do when they see flashing lights.

Dashcam footage provided by the MSP Iron Mountain Post from a patrol car on US-2 in Iron County last week showed a vehicle not moving and colliding with a passenger car. MSP patrol parked on the shoulder.

The “Move Over” law is designed to prevent such accidents.

“The ‘Move Over’ law is entirely for the safety of workers. If you are unable to take the other lane, the idea is to slow down to safely pass the patrol car and officer,” said MSP Iron Mountain Station Commander Lt. Jeremy Hauswirth.

The driver of the vehicle that hit the patrol car was a teenager.

“Teenage drivers, by their nature, are inexperienced and tend to be more nervous behind the wheel,” Hauswirth said.

To help prevent more crashes involving teens, MSP is hosting the first-ever “Train like a Trooper” driving course in UP

“The course includes an hour of online training, then four hours in the patrol car with a state trooper,” Hauswirth said.

All soldiers teaching the class have completed hours of driver training in Michigan. The program has been running for several years in the downstate, but this is the first time it’s been offered in UP

“We will teach safe driving and more advanced driving techniques than you will get from your standard driving course,” Hauswirth said.

To qualify, you must be between the ages of 16 and 19 and hold a graduated Level 2 license. The class will help educate young drivers on road safety, with particular attention to UP’s narrow highways

“If you approach a patrol car on the side of the road on a two-lane highway, if the other lane is open, move over and take that lane,” Hauswirth explained. “Otherwise, just slow down and pass as if you were on the side of the road.”

The course will offer several classes the last week of June. The cost is $75 per person. You can register online or call the Gladstone Post at 906-428-4411.

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