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Michigan traffic fatalities decreased three percent in 2017

Although Michigan traffic deaths remained above 1,000 for the second consecutive year there was a 3 percent decrease in fatalities during 2017, according to just-released data from the Michigan State Police Criminal Justice Information Center.  The 1,028 fatalities in 2017 marked a small decline from 1,064 fatalities in 2016.  

  • Injuries also decreased slightly but crashes and serious injuries were up:
  • Injuries: 79,724 in 2016 to 78,394 in 2017, down 2 percent.
  • Crashes: 312,172 in 2016 to 314,921 in 2017, up 1 percent.
  • Serious injuries: 5,634 in 2016 to 6,084 in 2017, up 8 percent.

The percentage of alcohol-involved fatalities increased 32 percent from 271 in 2016 to 359 in 2017.  This rise reflects, in part, better reporting methods and data collection.   

 “Attention must be paid when we see nearly half of all traffic crash fatalities involving alcohol or drugs,” said Michael L. Prince, director of the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP).  “This noteworthy change is causing great concern, and effective safety strategies to address this issue require a comprehensive approach in coordination with our local, county, state and federal partners.  The OHSP will continue to allocate resources in the form of federal funding to improve our capabilities in the detection, apprehension, prosecution and treatment of impaired drivers. 

  “Clearly, our most basic safety countermeasures, focused on increasing seat belt use and reducing impaired driving, remain just as important now as they have ever been,” he added.

 Michigan Traffic Crashes 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013
Crashes 314,921 312,172 297,023 298,699 289,061
Injuries 78,394 79,724 74,157 71,378 71,031
Fatalities 1,028 1,064 963 876 951

In other areas:

  • Bicyclist fatalities decreased from 38 in 2016 to 21 in 2017, down 45 percent.
  • Teen fatalities decreased from 94 in 2016 to 64 in 2017, down 32 percent
  • Commercial motor vehicle-involved fatalities decreased from 120 in 2016 to 95 in 2017, down 21 percent.
  • Motorcyclist fatalities decreased from 141 in 2016 to 137 in 2017, down 3 percent.
  • Pedestrian fatalities decreased from 165 in 2016 to 158 in 2017, down 4 percent.
  • Deer-involved fatalities increased from 14 in 2016 to 17 in 2017, up 21 percent. 

More detailed 2017 crash information will be posted to Michigantrafficcrashfacts.org in the coming months.  Statewide crash information can be found at Michigan.gov/crash.

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Michigan sees 10 percent increase in traffic fatalities in 2016 


 

For the second year, Michigan traffic deaths increased 10 percent, up from 963 in 2015 to 1,064 in 2016, according to just-released information from the Michigan State Police Criminal Justice Information Center.

For 2017, we have had 338 traffic deaths so far, which is up by 26 (eight percent) from May of 2016.

Prior to 2016, the last year Michigan exceeded 1,000 traffic fatalities was 2007. Crashes, injuries and serious injuries were up as well:

*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.

Positive progress was noted 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.

“Some trends are emerging, especially with regard to drug-impaired traffic deaths, and our office is aligning resources accordingly,” said Michael L. Prince, director of the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning. “More resources are available to train law enforcement officers in the detection of drug-impaired drivers and OHSP is continuing federal funding for impaired driving traffic patrols throughout the year. In addition, planning is underway to use new earmarked federal funds to help address the state’s bicyclist and pedestrian crashes and fatalities.

“Our core programs, focused on increasing seat belt use and reducing impaired driving remain as important as ever,” he added.

The increases are part of a national trend of rapidly rising traffic deaths. Researchers believe an improved economy and lower gas prices have contributed to an increase in miles driven.

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 In other areas:

*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. Note: More detailed 2016 crash information will be posted to Michigantrafficcrashfacts.org in the coming months. Statewide crash information can be found at Michigan.gov/crash.

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Drive sober or get pulled over


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From Dec. 15, 2016-Jan. 1, 2017, officers from police departments, Sheriff’s offices and the Michigan State Police will step up drunk driving enforcement across the state as part of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. There were 17 traffic fatalities during the 2015 Christmas and 2015/2016 New Year’s holidays. Alcohol is believed to be involved in seven of the fatal crashes. This holiday, don’t drive if you’re Tipsy, Buzzed, or Blitzen. Get a sober ride or call a cab.

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