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