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Safety enforcement zone working on deadly stretch of road

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No one likes to hear about car accidents like the one on Thursday in Saginaw Township. Especially if you're the Saginaw County sheriff.

"Well I'm disappointed," Sheriff William Federspiel said.

Officers from the state and county departments, along with Saginaw and Thomas Townships, have been working together to reduce the number of fatal and serious accidents along Gratiot Road in a traffic safety enforcement zone.

"We think it's working. So as many as we can have out there we can hopefully limit the number of accidents," Federspiel said.

Despite Thursday morning's fender bender, one business owner said the traffic safety enforcement zone efforts are making a difference.

"On the way here today there were three squads that I did see," said Aly Merchant. "It was an unmarked car and then one from Thomas Township and then one from the sheriff's department on the way here. So that's nice."

Merchant owns the Thomas Township Culver's location on Gratiot Road.

To Merchant, accidents on the stretch of road is personal. His wife was in a crash back in February.

"Someone hit her and totaled her car. So definitely like to see police presence and hopefully that is dropping whatever the speed limit is down here and deterring," Merchant said.

No one was seriously hurt in Thursday's crash.

Federspiel said the patrols will continue for the foreseeable future, determined to make sure everyone using this road makes it home safely.

"I take it very seriously that if we can save a life, even if it's one life, it's very important," Federspiel said.

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