- Associated Press - Saturday, February 22, 2014

FLINT, Mich. (AP) - Snowier-than-normal weather and drivers speeding are being blamed for the high number of traffic accidents last month on Genesee County highways and roads, according to county 911 data.

Records show dispatches were made for 2,428 crashes in January, The Flint Journal reported (https://bit.ly/1bwWi9R ) Saturday.

That averaged out to more than 78 crashes per day and was the most wrecks for any month since 2,085 in December 2010.

But January also saw a record of nearly 33 inches of snow fall in and around Flint and other parts of Genesee County.

The large number of accidents this winter forced police to regularly close sections of roads, including parts of Interstate 69 and I-475.



I-475 is “the worst I’ve ever seen it,” Mt. Morris Township police Lt. Matt Lasky told the newspaper.

Excessive speeds and complacency among some motorists on slick roadways contributed to many crashes involving more than one vehicle, he added.

“It only takes one person to set off a chain reaction,” Lasky said.

In January 2013, there were 1,358 dispatches by 911 for wrecks in Genesee. Less than 11 inches of snow fell on the county that month.

But the snow came early and often this winter, which didn’t give many motorists enough time to get used to seasonal driving habits, said John Daly, manager-director of the Genesee County Road Commission.

“This year, it was real abrupt,” Daly said of the transition from fall to winter snow and ice.

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Information from: The Flint Journal, https://www.mlive.com/flint

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