TOWNSHIP OF NEGUANEE, Michigan (WLUC) – Michigan State Police are warning drivers to slow down this winter. With icy and snowy roads already leading to a few vehicle crashes in Marquette County, the MSP hopes to remind the public of safe winter driving.

They say you need to make sure your vehicle is winter ready, especially the tires. Knowing the road conditions and giving yourself more time to get to your destination are two other ways the police say they can protect yourself and others on the roads this winter.

“It’s just that time of year and we’re here to remind drivers it’s going to take a little longer to get to your destination, slow down a bit, make sure your vehicle is prepared, there is lots of ways to do it, like making sure the tires are in good condition, making sure your vehicle is stocked, ”said Lt. Mark Giannunzio, Eighth District MSP Headquarters spokesperson.

The MSP also reminds drivers of the state’s basic speeding law. This law basically says that you can be ticketed if you drive too fast for the conditions. You must drive in a way that keeps your vehicle under control at all times.

“So if you have an accident and you go, say, 55 mph on the M-28, but those whiteout conditions meant you should have been driving around 40 mph, then you are actually in violation of the rules. basic. Michigan speed law and you could be cited for that, ”Giannunzio added.

Between 2016 and 2020, there were almost 12,000 vehicle accidents in winter with icy or snowy road conditions in the UP Driving too fast for the conditions is the number one action preceding most winter accidents .

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