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Four traffic deaths recorded during Christmas, New year’s holidays


Preliminary reports indicate two people died in crashes over the Christmas holiday and two people died in crashes over the New Year’s holiday in Michigan, according to the Michigan State Police Criminal Justice Information Center.

Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in any of the crashes.  One of the fatalities was a pedestrian.

“Wearing a seat belt and driving sober help ensure the holidays can be about family and celebration,” said Michael L. Prince, director of the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning.

The Christmas holiday period began at 6 p.m. Dec. 24 and went through midnight Dec. 25. The New Year’s holiday period began at 6 p.m. Dec. 31 and went through midnight Jan. 1.

In 2012, nine people died in traffic crashes during the four-day Christmas holiday, and 15 people died in traffic crashes during the four-day New Year’s holiday.  It should be noted the holiday periods in 2012 were longer than 2013 due to the day of the week where the holidays fell.

The holiday periods are determined by the National Safety Council.

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