(LANSING, Mich.) -- Traffic deaths in the state dropped by 5 percent from 2010 to 2011, according to a report by the Michigan State Police (MSP) Criminal Justice Information Center on Tuesday.
While there was a 1 percent increase in traffic crashes from 282,075 in 2010 to 284,049 in 2011, deaths decreased from 937 in 2010 to 889 in 2011 with further reductions in drug and alcohol related fatalities.
"It is extremely good news that traffic deaths are down in 2011," said Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, MSP director. "Further study will take place to see if we can determine what may have caused the fairly large changes in the areas of motorcycles, commercial motor vehicles and drug involvement in fatal crashes."
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