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      Traffic fatalities up over Fourth of July weekend

      The Michigan State Police have announced that traffic fatalities were on the rise over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

      According to the police, 11 people died in 10 crashes over the holiday weekend which stretched five days. Only four people died during the holiday weekend which covered only two days in 2012.

      Police have confirmed alcohol as a known factor in only one of those crashes, but it is unknown if alcohol was a factor in four of the other nine crashes.

      "These numbers are preliminary and only reflect those fatalities reported to the MSP as of 11 a.m. Monday, July 8, 2013," said Capt. Kari Kusmierz, command of the MSP Training Division. "The preliminary numbers show an increase in fatalities from this same holiday period last year. The MSP continues to urge motorists not to drink and drive, to always use proper restraints and to drive safely."

      Of the 11 people that died, only eight people had proper restraints available to them, according to the Michigan State Police.

      The police say that the holiday weekend was measured from July 3 at 6 p.m. until 11:59 p.m. on July 7.