Zorn’s emergency vehicle lights reform approved

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Senate on Thursday approved Sen. Dale Zorn’s legislation to allow the use of corner flashing lights on emergency vehicles as an option instead of rotating or oscillating lights attached to the roof.

Modern ambulance and rescue vehicles can have blind areas when rotating lights are attached to the roof. For decades, these vehicles have been using corner lights that meet the 360 degree and 500 foot visual requirement but their use has not been codified in state statue.

This bill would allow corner lights to be used on ambulance and rescue vehicles as long as the lights maintain the requirements of being visible 500 feet away and from 360 degrees around the vehicle.

“This bill is about legalizing the use of flashing corner lights that are in use today, and will improve public safety while reducing costs,” said Zorn, R-Ida.

Senate Bill 1084 would eliminate the current Michigan requirement that flashing, rotating or oscillating lights on emergency vehicles be mounted on the roof of the vehicles.

“After years of innovation, the traditional rotating light bar attached to the roof of an emergency vehicle may not be the safest or most cost-efficient option,” Zorn said. “On many modern rescue and emergency vehicles, the flashing lights are mounted on the corners of the vehicle rather than the roof. These lights are often brighter than traditional roof-mounted lights and meet the 360 degree requirement.”

SB 1084 has been sent to the House of Representatives for consideration.

Sen. Zorn to honor Vietnam era veterans in Dundee

Sen. Dale Zorn

Sen. Dale Zorn

LANSING, Mich.Sen. Dale Zorn will be hosting a Vietnam veteran lapel-pinning ceremony in Dundee on Monday, Nov. 14 in commemoration of the 50-year anniversary of the Vietnam War.

“Michigan’s Vietnam veterans served our country with honor, yet they were often forgotten when they returned home and received little or no thanks for their service,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “This lapel-pinning ceremony is the latest in a series of emotional events to give long-overdue recognition to the Vietnam War era veterans and their families on behalf of a grateful nation.”

The ceremony will be held at 12:30 p.m. at the Dundee VFW Hall, located at 418 Dunham St. in Dundee.

“This lapel pin ceremony is designed to honor all our Vietnam era veterans, whether they served in-country, in-theater, or were stationed elsewhere during the war,” Zorn said. “I invite all interested residents and veterans to join us as we recognize the service and sacrifice of our Vietnam veterans.”

A Vietnam War Commemorative Lapel Pin will be provided to any U.S. veteran who served on active duty at any time from Nov. 1, 1955 – May 15, 1975, regardless of location.

The ceremony is made possible by the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration. Information regarding the commemoration can be found at www.VietnamWar50th.com.

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Zorn to hold coffee hour in Blissfield

Sen. Dale Zorn

Sen. Dale Zorn

LANSING, Mich. Sen. Dale Zorn has announced that he will conduct a district coffee hour in Blissfield on Friday, Nov. 18.

Coffee hours are open to residents to express their opinions or concerns about state government or to request assistance with a state issue.

The coffee hour will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. at Cakes n’ Shakes, located at 133 S. Lane St. in Blissfield.

“I am holding this local coffee hour in order to help provide residents a convenient opportunity to meet with me in person,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “My aim is to provide the best service possible for the hardworking people of the 17th District. I look forward to continuing a regular series of meetings throughout the district and hearing directly from constituents in one-on-one discussions.”

To respect other patrons of the restaurant, no town-hall style discussions will be entertained. No appointment is necessary.

Residents who are unable to attend the coffee hour may contact Zorn’s office at (517) 373-3543 or via e-mail at SenDZorn@senate.michigan.gov.

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