Police urge safety during U.S. 12 garage sales after woman hit and killed


Miles and miles of vendors are now lining U.S. 12 for "Michigan's Longest Garage Sale."

Police are urging all traffic to be extra cautious this weekend. Especially, after a woman was hit by a car and killed Friday in Niles Township near Bell Road.

Police say she was shopping at a garage sale and attempting to cross the road to get to her car.

More traffic than usual will fill the roads this weekend. Not just in between the lines but also parked along the side of the road.

Last year, a person was struck and killed while riding their bike during the big sale

In light of these accidents, police are urging shoppers to look both ways before crossing the street.

The speed limit is 55 miles per hour.

Drivers be advised cars will be frequently pulling in and out of parking spots. Expect slowdowns.

One way sellers can help maintain the flow of traffic is to have clear signs telling people where to park. That way, drivers can pull off the road quickly.

"Every now and then you'll have people slow down kind of get to size up what’s at the yard sale, which would actually end up slowing down traffic along U.S. 12. For the most part, it flows relatively smooth,” said Sgt. Jason Bailey with Michigan State Police.

State police will be monitoring speed along U.S.12 and enforcing parking laws.

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