Police working to make Gratiot Road safer in Saginaw County - WNEM TV 5

Police working to make Gratiot Road safer in Saginaw County

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SAGINAW COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

Four people killed along a stretch of M-46, also known as Gratiot Road, in Saginaw County within the past week.  Saginaw Township and Thomas Township police along with other agencies will look at implementing procedures to try to make it safer.  

Thomas Township Police Chief Steven Kocsis said he is making an effort to coordinate with other departments.

"I have been in contact with MDOT, we will also be contacting our other law enforcement partners, the Michigan State Police and the Saginaw County Sheriff's Department in sitting down here within the next day or two," Kocsis said.

The agencies were involved in the Gratiot Road Corridor Enforcement Program for about three weeks last fall.  It seemed to work.

"During that time period crashes were significantly down, speeds were down, so we felt it was very successful," Kocsis said.

There are several reasons why this stretch of Gratiot is so dangerous.  Police say people speed, they are distracted by their smart phones, and the road is pretty congested.

"The last figures I've seen indicate that there are over 50,000 vehicles a day traveling on Gratiot Road," Kocsis said.

How can drivers prevent becoming a casualty along this roadway? Well, it's rather simple.

Your single biggest safeguard is defensive driving. It seems to be a skill that's gone by the wayside as our vehicles have gotten safer.

In other words, watch out for the other guy so you won't become a victim. 

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