The idea was to reduce the number of accidents along Ford Road in Canton Township by increasing police patrols. It seems to be working.

Canton police say special enforcement units targeting Ford Road between Lilley and I-275 have been focused on issuing tickets for bad driving behaviors such as running red lights, following too closely and improper lane use.

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Statistics from the Michigan Department of Transportation shows there were fewer accident at several intersections this year when compared with last year.

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“In comparing crash statistics at our highest crash intersections, we saw a significant decline at several of the locations,” said Special Services Lieutenant Scott Hilden.

The Ford and Lilley roads intersection saw the biggest decrease, 33%, from 64 accidents in 2009 to 43 this year. There were 20 fewer accidents at Ford Road and Haggerty, and 11 fewer at Ford and I-275.

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The additional patrols are expected to continue.