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Renee Bondy agrees about the most dangerous intersections, but she swaps the order: "Number one is M-14 and Barton Drive, eastbound lane-absolutely. People don't realize what's happening, and they slam right into the vehicles waiting to get on at the stop sign there.

"Number two is the westbound curve on 94 at Jackson," says the three-year AAPD veteran. "Even though the state police take most of the calls, we still get called there a lot, particularly in snowstorms when the bridge turns into a sheet of ice. That's the worst place to be in a snowstorm in the winter-and too many people do not slow down enough. They have four-wheel drive and they think everything's good and it doesn't matter and there's a pileup and they slide right into it."

Noel Scott makes the designation of the most dangerous intersections unanimous. He's seen overturned cars and flipped trailers at Barton and M-14, he says, and "the guardrails are always getting taken out." He says that while design is the problem at Barton, the accidents at Jackson and I-94 are "mostly weather related-rain, snow, and especially black ice. We had a motorcycle fatality there a few years ago. He got on at Ann Arbor-Saline, got up to speed, hit a patch of black ice on the bridge over Jackson, and couldn't stop. He was killed instantly-and I mean instantly. There was a piece here and a piece there and a piece over there.

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