2012-05-03 / Community

Michigan traffic deaths fall five percent in 2011

Fewer people died in Michigan traffic crashes last year, driven partially by significant declines in motorcyclist fatalities, commercial motor vehicle-involved fatalities and alcohol and drug involvement in fatal crashes. Traffic deaths dropped five percent, from 937 in 2010 to 889 in 2011.

Changes from 2010 to 2011 included a one percent increase in total crashes, up from 282,075 in 2010 to 284,049 in 2011; and a two percent increase in crash-related injuries, up from 70,501 in 2010 to 71,796 in 2011.

Crash data also showed a three percent drop in alcohol-involved fatalities, down from 283 in 2010 to 274 in 2011. Drug involvement in fatalities fell 17 percent, from 153 in 2010 to 127 in 2011.

In other areas:

• Cell phone-involved crashes decreased from 881 in 2010 to 821 in 2011. Cell phone-involved fatal crashes increased from four in 2010 to six in 2011. (Michigan cannot track crashes involving texting specifically.)

• Commercial motor vehicleinvolved fatalities fell 23 percent, from 95 in 2010 to 73 in 2011.

• Motorcyclist fatalities dropped 13 percent, from 125 in 2010 to 109 in 2011.

• Bicyclist fatalities were down 17 percent, from 29 in 2010 to 24 in 2011.

• Pedestrian fatalities increased six percent, from 131 in 2010 to 140 in 2011.

• The number of car-deer crashes declined four percent, from 55,867 in 2010 to 53,592 in 2011.

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