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Yesterday I mentioned that weather can play an important role in car crashes in Michigan. This is especially the case when road salt crews fail to de-ice our highways in a timely fashion. It appears that our State’s precarious economy is creating just such an increased risk.

A few days ago, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) announced that it would “modify” the way the agency and its contractors clear ice during storms. Michigan’s highways will receive one of two designations: orange and blue. MDOT claims that it will work to clean the entire driving surface of orange highways during and after storms. Blue highways will have one clear lane in each direction, with crews completing the task after orange roads are done and without expending overtime.

Agency officials caution that, while the second-priority blue routes should be passable during storms, all drivers should obey Michigan’s Basic Speed Law. The law requires all motorists to observe a “reasonable and proper” speed limit in light of the conditions on the road.

Remember to be careful driving during this winter season. Give yourself extra time to arrive at your destination, and bear in mind that weather conditions can be unpredictable in Michigan.

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