Crashes down 4 pct., deaths up 5 pct. in Michigan

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 18, 2013 at 11:58 am •  Published: March 18, 2013
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State Police say there were fewer crashes and more deaths on Michigan streets and highways in the latest year.

The agency said Monday that the number of crashes fell 4 percent in to 2012 from the year before. It says there were 273,891 crashes last year, compared with 284,049 in 2011.

State police say traffic deaths rose 5 percent last year, from 889 in 2011 to 936. And the number of injuries fell 2 percent, from 71,796 to 70,519.

They say that cellphones were involved in 9 percent fewer crashes last year — 748 compared with 821.

State police say there's been a 31 percent drop in the number of crashes over a decade. There were 395,515 crashes in the state in 2002.

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Crash data: http://www.michigantrafficcrashfacts.org