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Study: Michigan's roads are deadliest in US in winter. Michigan State Police: Don't blame the snow


With dozens of auto crashes this past week across the state, including a nearly 30 car pileup Tuesday on I-96, it may come as no surprise to some that Michigan roads have been ranked as the deadliest in the country during the winter months.

Published by consumer research website, ValuePenguin.com, the study says Michigan averages 37 deaths per 100 below-freezing days each year.

But don't go blaming the snow, says Michigan State Police Lieutenant Michael Shaw. He says, with years of experience working crashes during icy road conditions, those responsible all tell the same story.

“You know they say 'the weather caused my crash, or the snow made me wreck.' No, you made yourself wreck because you were going too fast for the road conditions when you went into the ditch. If the snow would have made you wreck, the 500 cars that passed by you after you went into the ditch all would have crashed as well.”

Meaning Shaw says, the lesson here is slow down during winter weather, even if you drive a big pick up or SUV.

“If you take time, you do what you are supposed to do as far as leaving enough room in front of you, and if you keep your speed down enough to where you can react to anything in front of you, you don’t crash.”

Nor do you lose your life.

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