High Number of Traffic Crashes in Michigan in January
It has been a cold, wet winter in Michigan. Which was a factor for a high number of traffic accidents in January 2014. Michigan State Patrol announced in February 5th press release that, “Troopers responded to more than 5,200 traffic crashes just during the month of January, nearly 1,100 more crashes than January of last year.” That’s a lot of accidents.
Michigan State Patrol Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue said that “Driving too fast for conditions is the number one cause of traffic crashes during inclement weather.”
MDOT and MSP had several reminders to help reduce the number of winter related car accidents for the remainder of winter, including:
- Drive slower than the posted speed limit when conditions are poor.
- Give yourself extra time to get where you’re going during the winter months.
- Plan ahead using the State Patrol’s Winter Travel Advisory website for Michigan Road Conditions, and Michigan Traffic on the MDOT website..
Let’s slow down, drive safe, and minimize the number of accidents for the remainder of winter!