State Police Reports Decrease in Traffic Fatalities for 2016 Fourth of July Holiday Weekend

Contact: Lt. Gary Megge, MSP Traffic Services Section, 517-636-5433

July 6, 2016

The Michigan State Police (MSP) announced that preliminary reports that indicate seven people lost their lives in seven separate traffic crashes during the 2016 Fourth of July holiday weekend. In comparison, 11 traffic crashes resulted in 12 deaths during the 2015 Fourth of July holiday weekend.

“These numbers are preliminary and only reflect fatalities reported to the MSP as of 11 a.m. on July 5,” stated F/Lt. Kevin Rod, acting commander of the MSP Training Division.  “While a decrease in fatalities is excellent news, four crashes involved pedestrians which is concerning. The MSP continues to urge motorists to drive responsibly by limiting distractions behind the wheel, not drinking and driving and buckling up each and every ride.”


Fatality Report for the 2016 4th of July Holiday Period: Fatal Crashes = 7, Fatalities = 7
Crash Date County Alcohol Restraint Victim Age
July 4, 2016 Kent No No Belts Available Pedestrian 33
July 4, 2016 Livingston Yes No Belts Used Driver 53
July 4, 2016 Monroe No Shoulder and Lap Belt Driver 60
July 3, 2016 Oscoda Unknown Helmet Use Unknown Motorcyclist 32
July 3, 2016 Ottawa No No Belts Available Pedestrian 3
July 4, 2016 Washtenaw No No Belts Available Pedestrian 2
July 3, 2016 Wayne Unknown No Belts Available Pedestrian 83

This report covers dates ranging from 7/1/2016 at 6:00:00PM to 7/4/2016 at 11:59:59PM.

The 2016 Fourth of July holiday weekend ran from 6 p.m. on Friday, July 1 through 11:59 p.m. on Monday, July 4, 2015.