MI traffic crashes down in 2012, fatalities up

Michigan traffic fatalities increased 5 percent in 2012, according to Michigan State Police.

Fatalities in 2011 numbered 889 while in 2012 they jumped to 936.

While fatalities were up, overall traffic crashes and injuries were down in 2012.

The Michigan Department of State Police Criminal Justice Information Center reports traffic crashes dropped 4 percent in 2012 compared to 2011.

Crashes that involved cell phones, bicycles and pedestrians were all down in the state of Michigan for the year 2012.

Michigan State Police director, Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, says, “Michigan’s increase in traffic fatalities mirrors what has taken place across the country.”

He adds that the long-term picture is positive for Michigan with fewer than 1,000 traffic deaths for the fifth year in a row.

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