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Police increasing traffic enforcement on deadly road

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SAGINAW COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

While police may seem detached on the scene of an accident, they're hit hard as well.

“The loss of a loved one or a serious injury to a loved one causes us to be concerned,” said Saginaw Township Police Chief Donald Pussehl.

That's why they've stepped up enforcement on a deadly local road, so they don't have to respond to any more accidents.

“Not only work the scene, but remember that afterward,” Pussehl said.

M-46, or Gratiot Road in Saginaw and Thomas townships has seen its fair share of horrific accidents.

Just last month, a head on collision killed two people.

And earlier this summer, a car slid under a semi-truck, taking two lives.

“For some reason, this particular stretch has been more active than most,” said Thomas Township Police Chief Steven Kocsis.

A new enforcement initiative, announced today, covers a 5-mile stretch.

And includes four new signs alerting drivers to extra enforcement because of the road's history.

Drivers will see the signs and more police cars along M-46.

The increased patrol is a combined effort of Saginaw Township Police, Thomas Township Police, Michigan State Police, and Saginaw County Sheriff's Department.

Investigators have traced most of the accidents back to motorist error.

“Whether that's being distracted while driving, being in a hurry, doing things that are risky,” Kocsis said.

These departments hope the increased patrol will cut back on them telling families some of the worst news they'll ever hear.

“To take this from being one of the deadliest stretches of roads in Saginaw County and make it the safest,” Kocsis said.

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