MDOT Urges Safe Driving As Winter NearsMon, 08 Nov 2021 06:00:58 EST
As parts of the Upper Peninsula prepare for the first significant snowfall of the year, and with the Thanksgiving holiday just around the corner, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) wants to remind drivers to slow down and be cautious on wintry roadways.
Officials say between 2015-2019, there were 402 fatalities and 2,699 serious injuries on icy, snowy, or slushy roads in Michigan.
In the Upper Peninsula, of the more than 43-thousand (43,000) total crashes reported from 2016 to 2020, 27.7% were winter weather-related, according to the Michigan State Police (MSP) Criminal Justice Information Center.
During this period, 52 people were killed and 258 seriously injured in crashes on icy, snowy, or slushy roads.
MSP's Office of Highway Safety Planning has launched a website at Michigan dot gov slash winterDriving (Michigan.gov/WinterDriving) with tips and resources.
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