State Police bring motorcycles back to West Michigan patrols
Posted By: Sarah Sell 34 mins ago
KENT COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM) - They've been gone for 50 years, but now, Michigan State Police are bringing back motorcycle cops to West Michigan.
Today, we got to see the Harleys in action.
If you are a fan of the motorcycle, this assignment can't be beat. Trooper Chris Bommarito is one of two officers recently assigned to the Rockford post. Bommarito says the Rockford post had been requesting motorcycles for the past 4 years.
"I love it. It's my 7th year on motorcycle unit and 13 years with MSP and I'll keep doing it as long as I can," says Bommarito. "I think it was the right time to expand the program."
Motorcycles have their advantages. They're good at traffic enforcement. A pack of motorcycles can wait for a cruiser to clock drivers. The motorcycle trooper then pulls over the speeders. As traffic gets thick, the motorcycle can also maneuver through the lanes.
Of course, motorcycles do have limitations, especially in Michigan. In about 3 months, the troopers will return to their cars for the winter. But, for now, they're patroling the highways and enjoying what's left of the summer.