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

Michigan State Police said there were fewer crashes and more deaths on Michigan streets and highways last year.
AP Wire
Mar 19, 2013

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

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.

State police said cellphones were involved in 9 percent fewer crashes last year — 748 compared with 821 in 2011.

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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