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Michigan State Police Reports Decrease in Traffic Fatalities During 2013 Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend

Contact: Sgt. Jill M. Bennett, MSP Traffic Services Section, (517) 636-0087
Agency: State Police

LANSING.The Michigan State Police (MSP) announced today the results of preliminary reports that indicate eight people lost their lives in eight separate traffic crashes during the 2013 Thanksgiving holiday weekend. In comparison, nine people died in traffic crashes during the 2012 Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Of the eight fatalities, two were known to have used restraints. Alcohol use was a factor in four of the crashes.

"These numbers are preliminary and only reflect those fatalities reported to the MSP as of 10 a.m. Monday, December 2, 2013," stated Capt. Kari Kusmierz, commander of the MSP Training Division. "The preliminary numbers show a decrease 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."

The 2013 Thanksgiving holiday weekend ran from 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 27, through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013.

Fatality report for the 2013 Thanksgiving holiday weekend:

Crash Date

County

Alcohol

Restraint

Victim

Age

Nov. 27

Genesee

Yes

No Restraint Used

Driver

52

Nov. 28

Newaygo

Unknown

Unknown Restraint

Driver

41

Nov. 28

Washtenaw

Yes

Shoulder and Lap

Driver

30

Nov. 29

Iosco

No

No Restraint Used

Driver

59

Nov. 30

Bay

Unknown

Restraint Unavailable

Pedestrian

37

Nov. 30

Emmet

No

Shoulder and Lap

Driver

66

Nov. 30

St. Clair

Yes

No Restraint Used

Driver

35

Dec. 1

Kalamazoo

Yes

No Restraint Used

Driver

23

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