Police Ask Drivers to Use Caution When Dodging Potholes

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Police Ask Drivers to Use Caution When Dodging Potholes

By FOX 47 News. CREATED Mar 11, 2014

It's a dilemma we're all facing on the roads these days: drive through or go around.

Members of the Oak Park YMCA in Lansing know this as much as anybody. They have to get past a mammoth pothole on Long Boulevard just to get into the parking lot.

"You have to drive around it. You go through that thing and you're replacing something on your vehicle," said one man visiting YMCA.

For some, that means driving into the opposite lane. In busier roads, the left-turn lane is also an option. Throw in cars coming from the other direction and either option can be dangerous. Michigan State Police Sgt. Kevin Beasley says a split-second decision is easier if you slow down.

"Very similar to if you're driving down the road and there's an object laying there," he said. "Obviously, you don't want to run over it, but at the same time you have to be aware of other traffic, other vehicles."

Driving north on Brown St. in Jackson, the conditions are so bad, the only option is the left-turn lane.

County Sheriff Steven Rand says, technically, using the left-turn lane or swerving into the opposite lane isn't legal, but he's not going to stop people for trying to avoid damage.

"You don't know how deep the pothole is," he said. "If you can avoid it, I guess I would recommend that you do."

But if another car's coming, stay on your side of the road.