Traffic Crashes Down

By: Lori Dougovito
By: Lori Dougovito

The number of crashes on Michigan roads is going down.

Crash statistics from the state's Criminal Justice Information Center show in the last decade, 1995 was the deadliest year on Michigan roads. More than 1,500 fatalities were reported. It was also the year the greatest number of alcohol or drug involved fatal crashes occurred.

In the years since, there's been a slow but steady decline. All of the numbers for 2005 are not in yet, but in 2004 there were close to 1,200 driving deaths. Less than half were linked to drugs or alcohol.

F/Lt. Thad Peterson with Michigan State Police Traffic Services says crashes decreased because of the combined effort of new legislation, increased enforcement, and organizations like MADD or Mothers Against Drunk Driving.


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