Accidents Down for Traffic, Deaths Up

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Great Lakes Radio News UpdateMARQUETTE, 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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