Bicyclist, drug-involved and truck-involved crashes are being identified as key factors in Michigan's traffic fatality increase, according to the Michigan State Police.
The MSP released a report Friday stating that traffic fatalities increased for the second year in a row. Officials say the number of traffic crashes has decreased over the past decade, but fatalities increased by two percent from 2012 to 2013.
Michigan had 951 traffic fatalities on 2013 with big jumps in drug-involved fatalities, bicyclist deaths and crashes involving commercial motor vehicles.
"Michigan's 2013 statistics mimic national trends," said Col. Kristie Kibbey Etue, MSP director. "In recent years there has been an upswing across the country in fatalities involving large trucks, bicyclists, pedestrians and impaired driving."
The report found that deaths involving younger drivers declined by five percent. Below are some other key factors listed in the report.
- Cell phone-involved crashes decreased 8 percent, from 748 in 2012 to 689 in 2013. Cell phone-involved fatal crashes decreased from 8 in 2012 to 4 in 2013. (Michigan cannot track crashes involving texting specifically.)- Pedestrian fatalities increased 9 percent, from 137 in 2012 to 149 in 2013.- The number of crashes involving deer increased 1 percent, from 48,918 in 2012 to 49,205 in 2013, and deer-involved fatalities increased by 50 percent from 8 deaths in 2012 to 12 in 2013.- Injuries increased 1 percent, from 70,519 in 2012 to 71,031 in 2013.- Alcohol-involved traffic deaths increased 1 percent, from 281 in 2012 to 284 in 2013.- Motorcyclist fatalities decreased 1 percent, from 129 in 2012 to 128 in 2013.