Prior to the holidays, Northern Michigan saw fewer fatalities and injuries in August compared to August 2021, according to a recent Michigan State Police report in the region.
“Preliminary figures for August 2022 show a downward trend in fatalities and injuries. Preliminary reports indicate that there were two fatal crashes in northern Michigan during the month of August,” the state police press release reads in part.
State Police reported the following preliminary information from the report:
• Compared to August 2021 data showing 14 fatalities, there has been an 85% reduction;
• There were 144 injury accidents reported in August; and
• There were 209 injury accidents in August 2021, a reduction of 31%.
Northern Michigan State Police Chiefs had identified areas of ‘high traffic accidents and fatalities to strengthen their traffic enforcement to reduce those numbers’ when determining strategic plans for 2022, the statement said.
“As we enter Labor Day weekend, soldiers in northern Michigan are stepping up traffic control efforts to reduce accidents and fatalities,” the statement said. “We want everyone to enjoy the last holiday weekend by fastening their seat belts, driving within the posted speed limit, avoiding distractions and never driving under the influence.”
According to a State Police Holiday Accident Statistics report on the department’s website, Labor Day weekend fatalities in Michigan have largely declined over the years.
The report which includes figures for every major holiday dating from 1972 to 2021, shows 33 deaths for the Labor Day weekend in 1972. This is the highest number of deaths for the three-day holiday over the past 49 years of data included.
Last year, there were 11 deaths over Labor Day weekend.
The July 4 holiday battled each other for the most fatal crashes in any given year with 48 fatalities in 1972. Last year there were 27 fatal crashes in Michigan in during the 4th of July holidays.
The report also details the number of factors such as counties, pedestrian fatalities, whether alcohol was involved, whether a helmet was worn in motorcycle crashes, which vehicles and whether seat belts were used during the crash. accident for each public holiday in 2021.
None of the reported holiday fatalities occurred in Manistee County.
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