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Holiday traffic fatalities decreased

Holiday traffic fatalities decreased

The Michigan State Police said that 10 people lost their lives in eight separate traffic crashes during the 2011 Memorial Day holiday weekend.  In comparison, 15 people died in traffic crashes during the 2010 Memorial Day holiday weekend. Of the 10 fatalities, two of the victims did not have on safety belts and alcohol was a known factor in four of the crashes.

“These numbers are preliminary,” said Captain Harold J. Love, commander of the MSP Traffic Safety Division. “The preliminary numbers show a decrease in fatalities from this same holiday period last year. The MSP continues to urge motorists not to drink and drive, to always use proper restraints, and to drive safely.”

One of those fatalities occurred Saturday, May 28, on Edgar Rd, just east of Neff Rd in Home Township in Montcalm County. The vehicle was traveling eastbound about 11:09 p.m. when the driver lost control and struck several trees. Richard Gibbs, 52, of Vestaburg, was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene. High speed and alcohol was believed to be involved. His safety belt was not used.


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