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Michigan sees ten percent increase in traffic fatalities in 2015

May 10, 2016

 
Michigan traffic deaths, which had been trending downward, jumped 10 percent last year, up from 876 in 2014 to 963 in 2015, according to just-released information from the Michigan State Police Criminal Justice Information Center. Alcohol-involved, bicyclist, teen, and motorcyclist traffic deaths were all up more than 20 percent. 
 
“Now that the crash data for 2015 is finalized, the next step is to work with our partners at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute to identify factors that may have played a role in these increases,” said Michael L. Prince, Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning director. “There are a lot of socio/economic and environmental variables that can affect these numbers, including the economy, gas prices, changes in travel habits, weather, as well as driver behavior.” 
 
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