Rash of crashes prompt police to act - WNEM TV 5

Rash of crashes prompt police to act

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SAGINAW TOWNSHIP, MI (WNEM) -

Local police are stepping up speed enforcement efforts after a rash of serious crashes.

Officials are hoping more police presence will mean fewer crashes and fewer deaths.

Saginaw Township police announced on Facebook that they're intensely stepping up their enforcement and patrols, closely monitoring people's speeds along the Township's major streets and at its busiest intersections.

The goal is to reduce the number of accidents after what has been a deadly year on the Township's roads. 

Targeting those speed demons is top priority right now for Police Chief Don Pussehl.

So far this year, there have been 43 injury crashes in the Township. That's equal to this time last year.

But what has been most alarming is how many people have died. Three this year, compared to no deaths at this time in 2013.

Officers will be setting up speed enforcement periodically through the week, leading all the way into the fall.

The fatality count could be increased to four, depending on the results of an autopsy. A deadly crash happened June 4 on Midland Road, but there is a possibility the driver may have suffered a medical condition.

Pussehl says his department plans to continue posting reminders about the increased enforcement on its Facebook page.

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