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Officials Giving Tickets Even If You’re Not Speeding

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INGHAM COUNTY, Mich. (WLNS) – As Mid-Michigan prepares for another blast of winter weather this weekend, local law enforcement officials say they will be issuing tickets to drivers, even if they are not speeding.

"If you travel the roadways and you lose control of your vehicle, whether you're in an accident or you just slide into the ditch and there's no damage at all, you're traveling too fast for conditions, and that's a violation of the basic speed law, and a ticket will be issued," said Sgt. Tim O'Neill of the Ingham County Sheriff's Department. "We give it out because people need to slow down in this weather."

Also, officials say even if drivers are traveling below the speed limit, but are not driving to the conditions of the road, they run the risk of getting a citation, which could land drivers in court and cause a spike in insurance premiums.

"The fact that it says 55 miles an hour doesn't mean it's safe to travel at 55 when the weather conditions get extreme," said Sgt. O'Neill. I'd prefer that most people that didn't have to be on the road stay off the road. That allows the road commission crews to clear drifts without vehicles in the way."

For those who must travel this weekend, officials say the best advice is to slow down. Sgt. O'Neill also suggests drivers have an emergency preparedness kit in their vehicles complete with a blanket, warm clothes, shovel, water, high-energy snacks, and kitty litter for traction for drivers who get stuck on a snow bank.

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