Trooper Adams memorial highway bill approved by Senate

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Senate on Wednesday unanimously approved Sen. Dale Zorn’s legislation to honor Trooper Rodger Adams, who was the 25th Michigan State Police officer to die in the line of duty.

“Our state troopers and local law enforcement officers risk their lives every day to keep us safe, and we often take that for granted,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “This memorial highway would honor the life and death of Trooper Rodger Adams — a husband, veteran and dedicated officer who was tragically killed while serving and protecting the people of Michigan.”

On May 14, 1971, Adams was killed instantly when his patrol car was hit nearly head-on by an oncoming car on U.S. 12 near Tipton Highway as Adams and his partner were responding to a traffic crash shortly after 1 a.m.

Senate Bill 132 would designate a portion of U.S. 12 in Lenawee County from M-52 to the Monagan Highway as the “Trooper Rodger M. Adams Memorial Highway.”

Prior to Senate passage of the bill, former Lenawee County Commissioner Jim Driskill testified in support of the measure, which has been sent to the House of Representatives for consideration.

If the bill is signed into law, it will have no fiscal impact on the state or local government. State law requires sufficient private contributions to completely cover the cost of erecting and maintaining markers indicating the name of a memorial highway.