Recently the Traffic Association of Michigan asked us to help out with a television commercial highlighting the law on seat belts. As a long time police officer, I know that seat belts save lives. The safety systems of vehicles are all built around the assumption of wearing a seat belt and harness. I have seen many, many crashes–some of them pretty horrific–in which people were killed or seriously injured. Most involved unrestrained people in the vehicle. I have never seen one in which a person died because they were restrained by a belt and couldn’t get out. I am a faithful belt/harness wearer myself. So I liked the idea that we would participate in this important traffic safety message.
Beginning today a new advertisement will air on television. It was filmed here in Auburn Hills and one of our officers, Michelle Hesse, is seen issuing a ticket. There is a Michigan State Police trooper, a sheriff’s deputy and Officer Hesse all issuing tickets for failure to wear the restraint. See if you can spot her.