New information released from the Michigan State Police Criminal Justice Information Center shows an increase of 10 percent in traffic deaths for the second year. In 2015, there were 963 deaths compared to 1062 in 2016. Another report from the Michigan State Police Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP) shows that the last time traffic fatalities in Michigan went beyond 1000 was in 2007
In 2016 injuries, crashes and serious injuries also increased as follows:
- Serious injuries: 4,865 in 2015 to 5,634 in 2016, up 16 percent
- 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.
The OHSP statistics for the second year have demonstrated a 10 percent increase in traffic crash fatalities in Michigan. OHSP also pointed out positive progress in other areas:
- A 7 percent reduction of the involvement of young drivers aged between 16-20 in deaths, from 158 in the previous year to 147 in 2016
- An 11 percent decline in alcohol linked deaths, from 303 the previous year to 271 in the following year-2016
In a new release, Michael L. Prince, the director of OHSP said that some new trends were emerging particularly with regard to traffic deaths from drug impairment. He added that OHSP was going on with federal funding throughout the year for impaired driving traffic patrols so that more resources are allocated to train law enforcement officers in detecting drug-impaired drivers. Additionally, he gave reassurance that planning was underway to deploy freshly identified federal funds to assist in addressing fatalities and crashes of pedestrians and bicyclist.
Their core activities targeted the increased use of seat belts, but he added that lowering impaired driving would remain important as always. OHSP states that cheaper gas prices have led to increased miles covered and also believes that an improved economy also contributed. Other factors noted in the data by OHSP include:
- Decrease of pedestrian deaths by 3 percent, from 170 in 2015 to 165 in 2016.
- Increase of drug- associated fatalities by 32 percent, from 179 in 2015 to 236 in 2016.
- More fatalities for bicyclists by 15 percent, up from 2015’s 33 to 2016’s 38
- Motorcyclist deaths rising from 2015’s 138 to 2016’s 141 up by 2 percent.
- Fatalities involving commercial motor vehicles rose from 2015’s 85 to 2016’s 120.
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