Report: Michigan worst state for winter driving

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Michigan is the deadliest state for winter driving, according to a report.

ValuePenguin compiled fatalities caused by winter weather-related crashes from 2013-2017 based off reports by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

There were 282 fatalities from 2013-2017, 85 more than the second-highest state, Pennsylvania. Eleven of those deaths occurred in Detroit and four were in Oshtemo Township.

I-94 was the worst road for driving in terms of fatalities with 15, followed by 12 on I-75, 11 on I-96 and seven on US-31 and US-41.

The report says Michigan averages 37 fatalities per 100 below-freezing days each year.

The report considered crashes that occurred during sleet, hail, snow, blowing snow, freezing rain or drizzle to be weather-related. Data on the annual numbers of days with temperatures below freezing were gathered  from information maintained by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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3 comments

  • Roger Groot

    Just sent a letter to the NTSA about considering legislating a new law where all vehicles should have a rapid blinking amber LED light installed in the housing of side view mirrors and wired so the driver can activate in conditions of stopped traffic on the highways due to accidents ahead.Due to the suction created when driving in blowing snow on the road brake lights,4 way brake lights get covered with snow on all vehicles so by having these warning lights in the housings of the mirrors this is eliminated and even though far too many driver go too fast for conditions,I feel this would help with preventing more rear end crashes.If a driver cannot see far ahead to be able to stop without hitting what is ahead he or she is driving too fast! And I don’t care if that means driving as slow as 15 or 20 M.P.H even on a interstate!
    I have observed drivers,AND so called Professional drivers who drive way too fast when they can`t see far enough ahead and also have waited sometimes hours for emergency and ambulances to clear the wreckage in my 60 years trucking.

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