It’s called Toward Zero Deaths, and it is intended to reduce roadway fatalities.
The initiative aims at changing driver behavior. Experts say driver behavior factors into nearly 90 percent of all crashes.
Gregg Brunner is the Associate Region Engineer for MDOT’s Bay region.
“And within Michigan there’s approximately 900 fatalities each year on our roadways. So what we’re doing is trying to go out and educate drivers, and move that 900 number within Michigan down to zero.”
Brunner says the strategy used will involve the four E’s, engineering, enforcement, education, and emergency response.
He says the campaign has been going on for a few years now, and has been implemented across several states.
Enbridge Energy is reacting today to a state decision that delays company plans to install new supports on its Line 5 pipeline.
In June, Enbridge Energy, which owns Line 5, reported four spots that required additional support because of erosion.
The Department of Environmental Quality approved supports for those four spots, but delayed action on 18 others that Enbridge requested.
Environmental groups said they’re hopeful this means the government is getting serious about a line shutdown.
But Michael Barnes, a spokesperson for Enbridge, said that’s not how he sees it.
“We think that we’re all working towards the same thing and that’s to protect the straits and keep energy flowing into Michigan.”
Officials with the DEQ said they will delay a decision on the 18 additional supports until two studies on the risks of the pipeline and alternative ways for transporting the oil are completed. Results of those studies are expected early next year.
$12.8 million was awarded to Flint to replace some of the city buses.
Edgar Benning is the General Manager CEO of the Mass Transportation Authority in Flint.
“We are replacing vehicles that are over 20 years old, that have been refurbished and rehabbed to keep them on the road and so we’re replacing vehicles that operated on diesel with compressed natural gas transit coaches.”
Benning says the grant will allow for 23 transit coaches to be replaced.
He says the Mass Transportation Authority in Flint is moving to a 100 percent alternative fuel fleet, and this grant brings them a step closer to that goal.
Bay County was ranked ninth nationally when it came to logistics — that’s the industry responsible for transporting goods, either by air, road, train or sea.
Trevor Keyes is the Vice President of Economic Development for Bay Future.
He said things like MBS International Airport and the Saginaw River helped Bay County land on the list.
“I think we’ve always known locally that we have shipping channels and logistics channels that work well with business but to be recognized nationally is one of those really special things. We’re so glad that these facilities made the designation for us.”
Keyes said the county hopes to dredge the Saginaw River in the near future, so large ocean-going ships can traverse the waterway, further increasing its logistics capacity.
The rankings come from Business Facilities magazine. It also named Memphis, Tennessee and Houston, Texas as leaders in logistics.
The Michigan Secretary of State’s Office and Michigan Blood this week released the first charity license plate in the nation supporting bone marrow donations.
Michigan Blood is hoping to add more bone marrow donors to the registry. Over 70 percent of marrow matches come from strangers, rather than family members — and the organization says expanding the registry is vitally important. Continue reading →