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xgojim

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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2013 4:27:55 PM

The folks at the Michigan Department of Transportation would like to remind us that “We’re All in this Together” when it comes to safety on the roads. To that end, MDOT has just initiated a statewide pilot program that will use electronic message signs that will display the number of traffic fatalities to date on state highways. The messages will be displayed the second Wednesday of every month, July through November, along various interstates, and Michigan and U.S. routes. MDOT officials are hoping motorists will find the numbers to be a wake-up call for better driving. “That’s the point,” MDOT Director Kirk T. Steudle said. “Displaying the number of lives lost on Michigan roads can be an effective way to influence driver behavior and increase driver focus.” Studies have shown that
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FuelishGuy
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2013 5:01:03 PM

Good idea but unfortunately, safe driving is usually an after thought for a lot of folks.
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ObieDog
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2013 4:55:04 PM

That's the best idea you got?
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Robert44
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2013 11:08:20 AM

Would be great if used this numbers to improve safety of over gas performance!!!
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car253
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2013 9:10:02 AM

Always good to drive safely.
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winnee13
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2013 8:53:24 AM

they used to do the mock crashes at my school it was effective for some of the kids. I guess this is the same concept anything that helps save at least one life is worth it.
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labbie
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2013 8:46:50 AM

I've seen something similar in the past around here. Not such a new idea.
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Cashless
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2013 7:29:10 AM

Good to know.
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Radar1992
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2013 7:21:34 AM

Not news...anyone remember the 50's driving films showing rare roast beef and car crashes to scare teenagers when they learned to drive?
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epf
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2013 6:48:34 AM

I love truth, thank you StArrow68
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EvergreenON
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2013 6:44:16 AM

It may be better than giving stupid tickets. At the same time they must be much more severe with crazy drivers on the road
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StArrow68
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2013 3:09:51 AM

The ones that need to slow down and think, generally don't. Hard to cure stupid.
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alterman156
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2013 2:04:43 AM

Always drive carefully.
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pricewar
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2013 1:45:41 AM

always a scare tactic somewhere
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investmentdr
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2013 12:13:28 AM

Once got passed by a mi driver using the left berm doing over 80 on 23 south of Ann Arbor
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investmentdr
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2013 12:10:28 AM

Drive safely in mi?
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dodsworth
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2013 11:10:42 PM

Stop and think.
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tnfran
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2013 10:27:13 PM

Good point but you can't fix stupid.More education needed.
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scoobee37
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2013 10:22:03 PM

doubt it will make a difference
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Yooperheart
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2013 9:57:25 PM

Should also remind us of how much $$ we help stuff in their pockets.
Then ask why the roads suck so much.
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Lugi1967
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2013 9:15:43 PM

At least when they are in Ohio
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Lugi1967
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2013 9:15:08 PM

Michigan drive like idiots
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rich13251
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2013 7:53:07 PM

Won't make a difference, sadly people don't care
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SUNOIL
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2013 7:41:24 PM

Just fact
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angieoke
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2013 7:40:22 PM

and slow down!!!!!!
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DixieQueene
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2013 7:31:01 PM

they need to post how many drunk drivers caused those accidents. Stay home and drink your spirits or call a taxi/friend/parents/grandparents/aunts/uncles...just call somebody from the bar !
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Ken2OD
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2013 6:49:46 PM

I usually pass these large electronic message boards on the freeway several times each week. Today's message on M-6 gave the estimated driving times from Point A to Point B by using different routes.
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TripleHs
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2013 6:21:36 PM

not a bad idea
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humblepie
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2013 6:21:03 PM

some are too busy texting to pay attention
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USMCturtlehead
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2013 6:16:58 PM

Some drivers can't read so it may not help.
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dunesfly
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2013 6:11:59 PM

ok
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mastermariner
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2013 5:43:55 PM

May help
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JDchefF
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2013 5:43:00 PM

OK
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madison8359
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2013 5:42:33 PM

Does anyone pay attention?
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doggod
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2013 4:40:55 PM

Probably like the Surgeon General warning stopped people from smoking.

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lcleveland
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2013 4:39:51 PM

we have those here also
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Joeski1
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2013 4:37:41 PM

those signs stink!!!

because so many folks in america reead at a fifth grade level...

they actually slow down to read a sign warning about a traffic jam 25 miles away..

causing another jam at the approach to the sign..

shut those things off, I don't need to read an amber or silver alert or even a warning about an acciodent the way I'm going or not... either way.. my choices are limited on most interstate highways and I can't avoid the jam one way or another.

[Edited by: Joeski1 at 7/26/2013 4:38:11 PM EST]
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xgojim
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2013 4:29:15 PM

Might as well use those signboards for something educational when nothing else is going on. Low cost way to remind drivers about safety issues.
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