Accidents Down for Traffic, Deaths Up
MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – State Police say while Michigan traffic crashes and injuries were down in 2012, fatalities increased 5 percent over 2011 from 889 to 936.
According to the department’s Criminal Justice Information Center, the number of traffic crashes fell 4 percent to 273,891 from 284,049 in 2011. Injuries were down 2 percent to 70,519 from 71,796 in 2011.
State Police Director Colonel Kriste Kibbey Etue says despite an increase in traffic deaths last year, this is the fifth year in a row Michigan had fewer than 1,000 traffic deaths.
Ten years ago there were nearly 1,300 people who died as a result of traffic crashes in the state.
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