In comparison, five people died in five traffic crashes during the same weekend in 2010.
Alcohol was not a known factor in any of the fatal crashes, state police said, but three of the eight victims were known to have not used restraints.
“These numbers are preliminary and only reflect those fatalities reported to the MSP as of 11:30 a.m. today,” Capt. Kari Kusmierz, commander of the MSP Training Division, said Tuesday. “While the preliminary numbers show an increase in fatalities from this same holiday period last year, law enforcement agencies throughout the state remain devoted to the task of preventing these tragedies and continue to strive toward making Michigan a safer place to travel.”
The 2011 Lifesaver Holiday Weekend ran from 6 p.m. Friday through midnight Sunday.