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After two decades on the radio in West Michigan, Robb became a traffic reporter in early 2006 and has been FOX 17’s roads scholar since 2008.

Born and raised in Southern California, he’s a Dodger fan. But he doesn’t surf and has never been in the movies. He did meet a few stars out there.

His first car was a 1966 Barracuda, but it sounds cooler than it was, due to dents provided by the previous owner.

As a driver, he adheres strictly do his ‘five-over’ rule: never drive more than five miles per hour over the speed limit.


Recent Articles
  • Patch crew on M-6 in 2016.

    It’s official: Deteriorating concrete on M-6 to be replaced this year

    BYRON TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Three miles of crumbling concrete on M-6 will be replaced this year, the Michigan Department of Transportation announced Friday. The exact dates of construction were not announced any more specific than sometime mid- to late-summer. Replacement of the troublesome pavement was originally scheduled to take place in 2018, but the deterioration of concrete joints, where most of the damage is occurring appears to be accelerating, despite regular efforts to repair the joints even during the winter. […]

  • Patch crew on M-6 in 2016.

    Questions arise from crumbling pavement on M-6

    BYRON TOWNSHIP, Mich. — When a stretch of M-6 needed repairs only seven years after opening, the Michigan Department of Transportation began asking questions. The section of the expressway between US-131 and I-196 was opened in 2004. “We saw in that pavement at 10 years old, for instance, what we wouldn’t see in a pavement for 30 years,” said John Staton, concrete operations and materials engineer for MDOT. Though highway contracts include warrantees, blame did not fall on the contractor. […]

  • Leonard St at US-131 (Google Street View)

    Leonard Street at US-131 to be reconfigured

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Jam-ups are common on westbound Leonard Street where it intersects in just a few yards with Scribner Avenue, US-131, and Turner Avenue. After some changes, there is hope that things will change. Beginning February 20, pavement markings will be applied that will change traffic flow. The main change is that two westbound lanes under US-131 will be dedicated to making a left turn to Turner Avenue and the Leonard Street entrance ramp to southbound US-131. Only […]

  • Distracted Driving

    Are millennials the worst behaved drivers?

    DEARBORN, Mich. — Virtually all drivers between the ages of 19 and 24 admit to engaging in risky driving in the last 30 days, and what’s more, they think that’s okay. Older drivers don’t do much better. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has issued a report in which no age group comes out looking like safe drivers: all groups reported their driving in the previous 30 days included speeding, texting, and running red lights. But the younger you are, […]

  • Medical generic

    Risk of death from cervical cancer higher than previously thought

    (CNN) — The risk of dying from cervical cancer might be much higher than experts previously thought, and women are encouraged to continue recommended cancer screenings. Black women are dying from cervical cancer at a rate 77% higher than previously thought and white women are dying at a rate 47% higher, according to a new study that published in the journal Cancer on Monday. The study found that previous estimates of cervical cancer death rates didn’t account for women who […]

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    Why auto insurance rates sometimes appear to be unfair

    Original report from the Consumers Federation of America

  • Cars awaiting help from wreckers on Wolven Avenue in Rockford.

    Icy morning commute, especially on country roads

    GOWEN, Mich. — Residents on 19 Mile Road east of Lincoln Lake Road told FOX 17 they called county dispatch when they heard sounds of a semi losing traction during the morning commute. They found a number of vehicles, including the semi, struggling with icy conditions, and the semi eventually jackknifed. The incidents on 19 Mile were an indication of the troubles some drivers experienced as rain and thunderstorms moved through West Michigan with temperatures near freezing. At one point […]

  • I-94 westbound near Beadle Lake Rd. (Emmet Township Public Safety)

    Crashes close sections of US-131 and I-94

    SHELBYVILLE, Mich. — The southbound lanes of US-131 were closed as icy conditions contributed to crashes between Shelbyville and Martin. Meanwhile, the westbound lanes of I-94 were closed near Battle Creek due to a crash. The incidents that caused the closures all took place shortly after 9:30 a.m. Two crashes were reported on US-131 south of the Shelbyville exit, where the southbound side of the freeway was closed. Deputies could be heard on scanners reporting icy conditions. All lanes were […]

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    Morning commute starts with rollover on I-96

    LOWELL TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A Grand Rapids couple, both age 50, was taken to the hospital as a precaution after they were removed from their car, which had rolled over on I-96 in Lowell Township. The crash took place just before 4:30 a.m. at mile 53 on eastbound I-96, about a mile east of the Alden Nash Avenue exit. A Michigan State trooper on the scene told FOX 17 that icy conditions likely contributed to the accident. For a time, […]