Troopers Warn Of I-94 Dangers

By: Brian Johnson Email
By: Brian Johnson Email

On Wednesday Blackman-Leoni Public Safety responded to at least six accidents on I-94. Then on Thursday the Jackson County Sheriff's Office responded to four accidents. Friday the high number of accidents had Michigan State Troopers concerned.

"Thursdays and Fridays are the high crash days in Jackson County," said First Lt. Joseph Thomas, the MSP Jackson Post Commander. He won't speculate why that is, only that Michigan crash statistics clearly show a statistical increase on those days along I-94 in Jackson County.

Thomas said the crashes usually happen during rush hour, and a on a bad day there are as many as six.

To help solve the problem, officers are asking drivers to increase their attention level, remove distractions, slow down and increase following distances -- especially in construction zones.

While road construction can add to the problem, police say it isn't causing it.

"I-94 carries a large volume of traffic," said Jackson County Undersheriff Chris Kuhl. "Some of these traffic crashes were not even near or in the construction zone."

July 15th, MDOT started resurface repairs on the interstate, but the Jackson County Sheriff's Office says road construction has little if anything to do with accidents.

"There's a reason why MDOT places these signs for miles and miles and miles back," said Kuhl. "They have electronic billboards saying watch your speed, or traffic backups ahead or be prepared to stop."

Kuhl says people who go to fast, follow to close, and only pay attention to just the vehicle in front of them are often at fault, not construction workers.

The Michigan State Police hope getting the word out to folks will help people adjust their driving habits, and reduce the problem.

If you drive on I-94 in Jackson expect to see troopers patrolling the freeway during rush hours. Those caught speeding will be given warnings or tickets.

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