2017-07-16 / Police Beat

State Police reports decrease in fatalities during Fourth of July holiday weekend

LAPEER — Preliminary findings show 11 people lost their lives in 11 separate traffic crashes during the 2017 Fourth of July holiday weekend. In comparison, 13 traffic crashes resulted in 13 deaths during the 2016 Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Of the 11 deadly crashes:

• Alcohol use was a known factor in three of the deadly crashes.

• Four involved motorcycles; a helmet was not worn in one and it is unknown if a helmet was used in the other three.

• Two involved offroad vehicles.

• One victim was a bicyclist.

“These numbers only reflect those fatalities reported to the MSP as of 11 a.m., Monday, July 10, 2017,” stated Spl/F/ Lt. Jim Flegel, Michigan State Police (MSP) State Services Bureau. “The MSP continues to urge motorists to drive safely, including not operating a vehicle while impaired on alcohol or drugs, avoiding distractions and risky driving behaviors and always using proper restraints.”

The MSP would also like to remind motorists to be aware of motorcyclists, pedestrians, bicyclists and child passenger safety throughout the summer. The goal is to keep everyone safe on Michigan roadways and to reduce or eliminate preventable traffic fatalities and injuries.

The 2017 Fourth of July holiday weekend ran from 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, July 1, through 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4.

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