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Published June 27, 2016

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — Communities in southern Oakland County have been voicing concerns over the coming Interstate 75 modernization project ever since Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson expressed his support back in February.

But in Bloomfield Township, residents came out last week to tell the Michigan Department of Transportation they’re upset too — not about what’s planned, but instead over what isn’t planned.

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Published June 27, 2016

Swimming season or not, a car doesn’t belong in deep water. Regardless, if your vehicle happens to take an accidental plunge, quick action can be a lifesaver for its occupants, according to the Michigan State Police and AAA.

Sgt. David Winter, from the Michigan State Police, said a person is typically not far from a body of water in Michigan. If a vehicle rolls off the road and into water, drivers who can control their panic often have a narrow window of time to free themselves, he said. 

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Published June 20, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Two Shelby Township police officers recently underwent a four-day training course to inspect and install car seats. Residents are encouraged to make a free appointment with them at the Police Department.

The process will take approximately 25 minutes and alleviate a lot of the stress and worry that parents and caregivers might feel about properly installing car seats themselves, Police Chief Robert Shelide said.

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Published June 20, 2016

Amid data that says that more Michigan motorcyclists are dying on the road, safety organizations are recommending proper road etiquette and headgear as ways to lessen the odds of becoming a fatality statistic.

According to AAA, preliminary data from the Governors Highway Safety Association shows that Michigan motorcycle fatalities rose 23 percent — from 112 to 138 — from 2014 to 2015. 

Gary Bubar, public affairs specialist for AAA Michigan, said an increase in road traffic might have played a partial role in the rise of reported motorcycle fatalities.

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Published June 13, 2016

Whether it’s the odometer or some signal that serves as a reminder, it’s no surprise that a periodic oil change is a regular part of owning a vehicle. But vehicle models may differ in their oil change schedules or the types of oil recommended, according to local auto service professionals. 

Dave Pannecouk, owner of Dave’s Complete Auto Service in Harrison Township, said regular oil changes maintain a vehicle’s longevity and help it run better. 

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Published June 8, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The Packard Proving Grounds’ long-running Cars ‘R’ Stars show will return Sunday, June 12. The gates will open at 8 a.m. and close at 3 p.m., and admission will cost $5 for adults and be free for children ages 12 and younger.

Each year, the core group of organizers comes up with a special feature, and this year the special feature is iconic fins and family haulers, or station wagons.

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Published June 6, 2016

Whether it’s a traffic jam, summer construction or mere happenstance, the driving experience offers numerous chances to encounter frustration. And according to experts, drivers need to take steps to prevent danger from happening to themselves or others. 

According to Sgt. Jill Bennett from the Michigan State Police, aggressive driving incidents and road rage sometimes occurs during rush hour on major metro Detroit expressways. But she said it is seen elsewhere, too.

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Published May 31, 2016

From Memorial Day weekend on, many metro Detroiters will seek out a natural retreat during their summer excursions. But even on a camping trip, people aren’t out of the woods in terms of motor safety.

Gary Bubar, public affairs specialist at AAA Michigan, said a combination of factors like warmer weather and kids finishing the school year will mean more traffic on roads and at travel destinations, including campsites. 

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Published May 23, 2016

Classic car culture has developed its own set of classic events, as proven by a packed calendar of auto expos and cruises in metro Detroit.

Although the Woodward Dream Cruise, which spans along its namesake avenue in multiple Oakland County communities, tends to get the lion’s share of publicity, people who want to view some of the finest vehicles in automotive history won’t have to wait until August to do so. For instance, June will usher in auto events in Roseville, Eastpointe, Shelby Township and Grosse Pointe Shores.

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Published May 16, 2016

Dogs and cats cannot drive vehicles, so it is up to their owners to look out for pet passengers’ safety.

Although animal welfare groups have long warned pet owners against leaving animals inside hot cars during the warmer months, the problem persists, Michigan Humane Society spokesman Ryan McTigue said.

“We do still occasionally get calls of people leaving their animals in their cars,” he said. “Hopefully, people are getting more aware that there are some major issues with doing that.”

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Published May 11, 2016

C&G Newspapers

Michigan traffic fatalities were up in 2015, keeping in line with what is a national trend. The first months of 2016 also appear to show an increase in traffic deaths, but the provisional numbers change daily.

The harder question to answer is what caused the increase in traffic deaths.

“Things have changed so quickly that we’re just now kind of catching up on the data side,” said Anne Readett, communications manager for the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning. “We still have a lot of ground to cover and a lot of progress to make.”

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Published May 9, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — When the work is done, Hamilton Avenue will have a fresh set of sidewalks and streetlights, not to mention a newly paved road with updated water and sewer systems underneath.

But it can be hard for some to look that far ahead, past the dirt, barricades and excavators blocking the street right now. The city is hoping to change that.

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Published May 9, 2016

With winter well in the past, the bikers are back on Michigan’s roads, and more people are looking to shop for a motorcycle, according to motorcycle dealers.

Frank Blowers, customer and community manager from Wolverine Harley-Davidson in Clinton Township, said his store had good business during the winter months, but he called April’s customer traffic “incredible.” He said customers on average tend to be buying two new motorcycles for every used one.

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Published May 4, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Since the nonprofit Packard Motor Car Foundation acquired the approximately 14-acre historic Packard Proving Grounds in 2002, it has sought to erect a sign in front so visitors can find the grounds more easily.

“We could never get together on what it should look like or consist of, or the size and everything,” foundation Treasurer Bruce Blevins said.

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Published May 2, 2016

When funeral participants take to the road to pay their final respects to the dead, special driving rules and etiquette are in place to minimize risk to other people’s lives. 

David Temrowski, a director of D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home in Warren, said some drivers get confused around funeral processions — some cars will pull over, and others will try to cut in or cut through. 

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Published April 25, 2016

Family members seeking to congratulate their graduates with a vehicle purchase or lease can score some top-grade deals this time of year, according to some local dealerships. 

Fernando Mendez, sales manager for Serra Kia in Washington Township, said his dealership sees some of the graduation crowd walk through its doors around this time of year. 

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Published April 25, 2016

CENTER LINE — With prom and graduation season approaching, Center Line High School staff members welcomed the Save A Life Tour to the school April 21 in an effort to remind students in grades 10th through 12 to be safe while driving.

Save A Life Tour managers Clay Martin and Andrew Tipton set up driving simulators in the CLHS auditorium for students to test. One machine demonstrated how people actually drive when under the influence of alcohol; the other gave students a better idea of what really happens when people text and drive.

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Published April 19, 2016

C&G Newspapers

MACOMB COUNTY — The recent distracted driving enforcement campaign is being hailed a success by the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said the campaign, which took place in various parts of the county April 8-13, resulted in 181 drivers being pulled over and 93 citations being issued.

“This (campaign) was about enforcement and education,” Wickersham said. “Not every traffic stop resulted in a ticket being issued; everyone received a warning.”

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Published April 18, 2016

Many days, weeks and months of the year have an awareness campaign tied to them, but an April campaign to celebrate National Car Care Month hopes to remind drivers that auto parts can wear out or malfunction if not maintained.

According to car maintenance professionals, many drivers take advantage of this time of the year to get a fresh vehicle inspection or maintenance. 

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Published April 11, 2016

Around the same time metro Detroiters hang up their winter coats, many motorists will be searching for ways to remove the winter coating of dirt and salt off their vehicles.

Ryan Smiecinski, manager of Joe’s Auto Parts in Royal Oak, said there are numerous options when it comes to cleaning a vehicle’s exterior and interior, depending on how much time and effort the owner wants to employ.

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