MSP Troopers bring in back up; facing harsh weather and gameday traffic

Posted at 11:27 PM, Feb 01, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-01 23:44:17-05

KALAMAZOO COUNTY, Mich. -- Michigan State Police were on high alert Sunday as gameday traffic threatened to increase accidents in already hazardous conditions. MSP Sgt. Brian DeWyse said the department was prepared for the challenges of facing the increased chances of getting in a weather-related accident, especially on the day of a big game.

"We're going to have plenty of weather-related crashes or slide offs alone, so we would rather not add to that with what is probably one of the biggest drinking days of the year."

With area roads slick and households of football fans taking to the roads Sunday, MSP brought in more troopers.  Luckily in Kalamazoo County, there were few slide-offs and no major accidents as of Sunday evening.

But getting in an accident when the roads are messy is a common issue.

"A lot of times, it's simply a mistake on the passing motorist's part with hitting the brakes."

But police were alert and ready as the night progressed.