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Winter weather making Michigan roads more treacherous

Everyone who has spent a winter in Michigan knows that winter weather conditions can get severe pretty quickly. Black ice, white outs, and even just run of the mil blizzards can make some roads impassable and others extremely dangerous. Even early in the season when conditions are generally less extreme we see an uptick in car accidents.

It seems like every year, a substantial portion of Michigan need a refreshers course in winter driving. While driving the posted speed limit of 55 miles per hour may feel safe on a dry and sunny July day, that same speed may be far too fast for conditions after a winter storm. Drivers should remember that stopping distances can increase significantly even with just a dusting of snow, and if you try to take a corner too fast you are likely to get sideways.

The recent snow led to an accident in which a police vehicle was struck while it was in the middle of investigating another crash. The officer had stopped his patrol SUV in order to respond to a single car accident on Interstate 75. While the officer was still in his vehicle, a station wagon described as "out of control" crashed into his Suburban from behind.

The crash occurred yesterday morning. The driver and passenger in the station wagon were both taken to a Saginaw area hospital where they are reported to be in stable condition.

Just because roads are snowy or icy drivers are not excused from their duty to use all due care and caution to avoid injuring others on the highway.

Source: The Saginaw News "Midland woman, passenger in stable condition after their vehicle struck state police vehicle on I-75," Tom Gilchrist, Nov. 29, 2011

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