LANSING, Mich., Sept. 6, 2018 — Legislation introduced by Sen. Curtis Hertel Jr. (D–East Lansing) to rename a portion of US Highway 127 as the “Trooper Craig Scott Memorial Highway” received a unanimous vote of support from the Michigan Senate Transportation Committee this morning.
Sen. Hertel introduced the bill to memorialize Michigan State Police Trooper Craig A. Scott, who died in the line of duty on Feb. 9, 1982.
“This memorial to Trooper Scott has been 36 years in the making,” Sen. Hertel said. “It serves as a reminder that no matter how much time has passed, the State of Michigan does not forget its fallen and the sacrifice they made.”
Trooper Scott was killed in the line of duty after stopping a speeding vehicle. Unbeknownst to him, the vehicle was stolen. As Trooper Scott arrested the driver of the vehicle and walked him to the police cruiser, the passenger of the stolen vehicle shot Trooper Scott three times. Both suspects were later arrested and sentenced to life in prison.
As a result of Trooper Scott’s death, the Michigan State Police made significant procedural and equipment changes to better protect police officers, including upgrading bulletproof vests with side panels.
Senate Bill 940 will rename a portion of US-127 beginning at Bellevue Road and Exit 56 in the City of Leslie in Ingham County and extending south to the Jackson County line. The bill will now go to the full Senate for consideration.
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