For the second year, Michigan traffic deaths increased 10 percent, up from 963 in 2015 to 1,064 in 2016, according to newly-released information from the Michigan State Police Criminal Justice Information Center and MLive.com.
The most recent year Michigan exceeded 1,000 traffic fatalities was 2007, the Michigan State Police Office of Highway Safety Planning reports.
Crashes, injuries and serious injuries were also up in 2016:
- Crashes: 297,023 in 2015 to 312,172 in 2016, up 5 percent.
- Injuries: 74,157 in 2015 to 79,724 in 2016, up 8 percent.
- Serious injuries: 4,865 in 2015 to 5,634 in 2016, up 16 percent.
- Fatalities: 963 in 2015 to 1,064 in 2016, up 5 percent.
Positive progress was seen in several areas, including alcohol-involved traffic deaths which fell 11 percent (from 303 in 2015 to 271 in 2016), and a 7 percent decline for young driver-involved fatalities (age 16-20), from 158 in 2015 to 147 in 2016, OHSP said.
The increases are part of a national trend of "rapidly rising traffic deaths," OHSP said. Researchers believe an improved economy and lower gas prices have contributed to an increase in miles driven, according to the agency.
OHSP notes other facts found in the data:
- Bicyclist fatalities increased from 33 in 2015 to 38 in 2016, up 15 percent.
- Commercial motor vehicle-involved fatalities increased from 85 in 2015 to 120 in 2016, up 41 percent.
- Drug-involved fatalities increased from 179 in 2015 to 236 in 2016, up 32 percent.
- Motorcyclist fatalities increased from 138 in 2015 to 141 in 2016, up 2 percent.
- Pedestrian fatalities decreased from 170 in 2015 to 165 in 2016, down 3 percent.
For more information, including a data table dating back to 2012, read the full article here.
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