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Close Calls

Most rear-end crashes occur in the afternoon when school is letting out.

Most rear-end crashes occur in the afternoon when school is letting out.

(NAPS)—At least 1,500 people a year could avoid getting injured or killed on the road, government and university researchers say, if road rage could be eliminated.

How to stop it: One way to do that, according to study.com, is to reduce tailgating, especially by young drivers.

The Hartford Courant found the most common “contributing factor” noted by police in crashes caused by new drivers was following another vehicle too closely.

Most crashes where tailgating was the primary causal factor happened between 2 and 3 p.m., about the time high school classes are done for the day.

In other words, the typical crash caused by a 16- or 17-year-old driver doesn’t involve a car careening off the road during a boozy, late-night joyride.

The Cause: Tailgating is so high on the list of accident causes because stopping involves more than just applying the brakes. It also includes perception time (realization that you need to stop) and reaction time (moving your foot to the brake pedal). At 60 mph, by the time the vehicle begins to slow down, it will have traveled more than 130 feet.

Most drivers know they should maintain a minimum of three seconds between a car and the vehicle in front. However, depending on factors such as vehicle condition, size and type, speed, time of day, road and weather conditions, and visibility, the time it takes to fully stop can vary dramatically. For example, a wet road can quadruple the time required to fully stop, and increasing speed from 35 mph to 55 mph nearly doubles the required stopping distance.

What you can do: If you find that another vehicle is tailgating you, remain calm and don’t let ego get in the way of safety. Do not slam on your brakes, honk your horn or use angry gestures. Instead, if there is an alternate lane, safely move over so the other car can pass. If you can’t move over, slowly increase the distance between your car and the one in front of you. That way, if the tailgater hits you, you’re less likely to hit another car.

Learn More: For further information on what to do if someone is tailgating visit www.accidentattorneys.org.

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Road rage sparks accident

Police looking for older red pickup

Police think that an accident on US131 last Saturday could be the result of a road rage incident.

Montcalm County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a personal injury crash that occurred on US 131 in Reynolds Township Saturday afternoon, April 14. They reported that two vehicles were heading south, when the vehicle in front, a red Ford Ranger pickup, suddenly braked. The car behind, a 2003 Chevrolet Malibu, driven by David

Wolansky, 56, of Reed City, had to swerve to avoid the truck and lost control, going off the road and hitting some trees. The truck continued southbound on US131.

Wolansky and his wife, Susan Wolansky, 53, had to be extricated from their car by medical/fire personnel using the “Jaws of Life.” Susan Wolansky was taken to Mecosta County General Hospital in Big Rapids by Mecosta County Emergency Medical Services. Her injuries/condition are unknown but are believed to be non-life threatening. David Wolansky was taken to Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids by Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services with a serious leg injury. His condition at this time is unknown.

Deputies are looking for an older red Ford Ranger, with stickers in the rear window. The crash remains under investigation and the Sheriff’s office is asking anyone with any information to call 989-831-7590 or the TIP line at 989-831-7593.

Montcalm County Sheriff’s Deputies were assisted at the scene by Howard City Fire Department, along with Montcalm and Mecosta County Emergency Medical Services.


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Man threatens driver with bow in road rage incident

A 23-year-old Shepherd man was arrested Saturday on a felonious assault charge after he pointed a bow and arrow at another man during a road rage incident.
According to the Montcalm County Sheriff Department, the incident occurred about 5:16 p.m. Saturday, October 1, when a 24-year-old Vestaburg man attempted to pass a pickup truck driven by the 23-year-old Shepherd man, near Vickeryville and Tamarack Roads in Home Township, Montcalm County. The vehicle being passed swerved toward the other, causing the passing vehicle to run off the road. As the parties reached the intersection of Vickeryville Road and Tamarack Road, both drivers exited their vehicles and confronted each other.
During the argument, the Shepherd man retrieved a bow and arrow from the back of his pickup. He loaded the bow with an arrow and mechanical broadhead (hunting tip), pulled the bow back at full draw and approached the other man, holding the arrow to his head. The Vestaburg man retreated to his vehicle, left the scene and contacted Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office to report the incident. The Sheriff’s Deputies responded and later located the suspect at his residence near Vestaburg, where he was arrested for the felonious assault.
No one was injured in the assault. The suspect was lodged in the Montcalm County Jail and his name is being withheld pending arraignment on charges.

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