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Traffic Fatalities Increase in Michigan

Traffic Fatalities Increase in Michigan
Posted March 21st, 2014 @ 12:16pm by Chuck LaTour, WOOD Radio news team

For the second year in a row, traffic deaths increased in Michigan, fueled in part by increases in bicyclist and drug- and commercial motor vehicle (CMV)-involved deaths, according to the Michigan State Police (MSP) Criminal Justice Information Center.

Although the state has experienced significant decreases in traffic crashes over the past decade, from 391,486 in 2003 to 289,061 in 2013, fatalities increased 2 percent from 936 in 2012 to 951.

There were 19,556 traffic accidents reported in Kent County in 2013. 43 deaths. 3,778 injured. 7,437 traffic accidents were reported in Ottawa County in 2013. 19 fatalities. 1247 injured. In Muskegon County, 4676 traffic accidents were reported in 2013. 11 fatalities. 783 injured.

"Michigan’s 2013 statistics mimic national trends," said Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, MSP director. "In recent years there has been an upswing across the country in fatalities involving large trucks, bicyclists, pedestrians and impaired driving."

In other areas:

Cell phone-involved fatal crashes decreased from 8 in 2012 to 4 in 2013. (Michigan cannot track crashes involving texting specifically.)

Pedestrian fatalities increased 9 percent, from 137 in 2012 to 149 in 2013.

The number of crashes involving deer increased 1 percent, from 48,918 in 2012 to 49,205 in 2013, and deer-involved fatalities increased by 50 percent from 8 deaths in 2012 to 12 in 2013.

Injuries increased 1 percent, from 70,519 in 2012 to 71,031 in 2013.

Alcohol-involved traffic deaths increased 1 percent, from 281 in 2012 to 284 in 2013.








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