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Michigan Traffic Deaths Fall to 871 in 2009

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Michigan’s traffic deaths reached a milestone of 871 in 2009, the lowest number the state has recorded since 1924 when there were 863 traffic fatalities.

Today, there are nearly 10 times more vehicles on the road than in the 1920s. The 2009 fatality figure is down 11 percent from 2008 when 980 people died on Michigan roads.

Just a decade earlier in 1999, 1,386 people died on state roadways.

“Michigan is part of a national trend where states are seeing significant declines in traffic deaths,” said Office of Highway Safety Planning Director Michael Prince. “A variety of factors contributed to the decline, including fewer miles driven, the state’s high seat belt use, strict enforcement of traffic laws, roadway engineering improvements and vehicle safety features.”

Overall, the number of traffic crashes dropped 8 percent, fatal crashes fell 12 percent and injury crashes declined 6 percent.