Jessica Heeringa Bill Would Require More Gas Station Security Measures

Posted at 10:29 PM, Dec 04, 2013
and last updated 2013-12-04 22:36:25-05

NORTON SHORES, Mich. — On Dec. 9, State Representative Collene Lamonte (D-Montague) will introduce a new bill that would require certain safety measures for late-night gas station employees.

The bill would require that gas stations either schedule two employees to work after 11 p.m. or install security cameras.

This legislation is inspired by the case of missing Norton Shores woman Jessica Heeringa, who disappeared from the Exxon station on Sternberg Road April 26.  She was abducted while working alone on the midnight shift, and there were no security cameras in place at the gas station.

Lamonte’s aid confirmed Wednesday that the bill, if passed, would be named after Heeringa.

The official announcement of the bill will take place at 10 a.m. Dec. 9 at the parking lot adjacent to the Exxon station where she was abducted, 1040 E. Sternberg Road.