Experts say there's no single reason for a significant drop in alcohol-related crashes and deaths in Michigan over the last decade. In fact, they say several factors may have contributed to the report. According to police, Michigan had more than 4,000 crashes linked to alcohol in 2010. That's down 38 percent from nearly 6,500 ten years ago. Of those, 264 were fatal, down 37 percent since 2001. Officials say one of the reasons is that drivers are simply more responsible.
"One reason for the decline is the public awareness, as far as the amount of troopers and officers on the road. The penalties that go along for operating while intoxicated have increased, and I think people on the road are getting more and more designated drivers," said Michigan State Trooper, Kevin Rajala.
Improved vehicle safety and better roads are also factors in the decline.