2013-03-14 / Community

Pothole contest paying drivers

Up to $500 is available for road-caused repairs

LANSING – Michigan motorists whose cars wind up in the repair or body shop due to bad roads have a chance to have their repairs reimbursed up to $500 by entering the Michigan Transportation Team’s Pothole Pocketbook Contest at justfixtheroads.com/contest. One randomly selected motorist each week through April 5 will win a check to cover the cost of potholerelated repairs.

“Michigan drivers are no strangers to pothole-strewn roads and the damage they cause,” said Mike Nystrom, executive vice president of the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association and co-chair of the Michigan Transportation Team.

The average Michigan motorist pays $357 annually in unnecessary vehicle repairs due to poor roads, according to an April 2012 report by the national transportation research group TRIP. According to TRIP, bad roads in total cost Michigan drivers $2.5 billion per year in extra vehicle repairs.

The contest is open to all Michigan-licensed drivers aged 18 or older who have experienced vehicle repairs caused by bad roads in 2013. To enter, drivers must submit a photo or scan of their repair bill at justfixtheroads.com/contest along with providing the contact information of their mechanic or body shop to verify the repair. Drivers who submit a photo of their vehicle’s damage are eligible for a bonus entry in the contest. By submitting a photo of the pothole that led to the damage, drivers will earn a second bonus entry in the contest.

Details of the Pothole Pocketbook Contest are as follows:

The Michigan Transportation Team will select one winner at random on March 15, March 22, March 29 and April 5.

Each winner will receive a check for the cost of the repair, not to exceed $500.

For more information and the Pothole Pocketbook Contest, visit justfixtheroads.com/contest.

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