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Huron County Sheriff increasing patrols after increase in accidents

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HURON COUNTY (WJRT) - (08/28/14) - The Huron County Sheriff says they will be stepping up patrols until further notice.

This is in reaction to an increasing amount of accidents caused by drivers not stopping at stop signs, driveways, stop lights and other traffic alerts.

The most recent happened Thursday around 8:30 a.m. Two vehicles crashed at the intersection of Gagetown Road and McAlpin Road in Grant Township.

The Huron County Sheriff's Office says a 2013 Dodge Journey drive by 78-year-old Ronald Kopacki, of Roseville, failed to stop at a stop sign. He hit a 2008 Chrysler Town and Country driven by 61-year-old Robert Joles. His wife, 62-year-old Christine Joles, was also in the vehicle.

Kopacki had to be removed from the Dodge by the jaws of life. He was then flown to a Saginaw area hospital. The Joles were taken to Cass City's Hills and Dales Hospital by ambulance. Their conditions were not immediately released.

Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson says the Michigan State Police will also help patrol secondary roads.

"An accident is an accident in most cases, but there are those that will run a stop sign in a rural area that may live in that area, do that all the time intentionally
because they think they know what's coming from the other direction. We have to put a stop to this," he said.

Hanson says citizens are encouraged to call Huron County Central Dispatch if they can identify the driver and the vehicle that did not obey stop signs or traffic signals.
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