Michigan Traffic Fatalities and Crashes Increase in 2013
The Michigan State Police are reporting for the second year in a row there were more traffic deaths in Michigan: going from 936 in 2012 to 951 last year. The biggest jumps occurred in drug involved fatalities which increased from 135 to 165. Bicyclist deaths went from 20 to 27 and pedestrian fatalities from 137 to 149.
Other findings found cell phone involved crashes dropped from from 748 to 689 and deaths with a young driver behind the wheel--ages 16-20--went from 142 to 135. Last year 12 were killed when they hit a deer. That's an increase of 4 from the year before.
Officials say Michigan's stats are similar to nationwide trends.