In a report released by SEMCOG, statistics show accidents in cars, on bikes and for pedestrians are all on the rise in southeast Michigan.
SEMCOG uses crash data from the Michigan State police and the Criminal Justice Information Center.
“It shows us that accidents are increasing,” said Kathleen Lomako, executive director of SEMCOG. “One thing we’re particularly concerned about is accidents involving bikes and pedestrians."
Using SEMCOG’s interactive map on their website you can see accidents in your area dating back to 2012. The map breaks it down by type of accident and location. SEMCOG hopes this information will help law enforcement find the problem areas.
“We know that crashes are going up and injuries are going up and we think this data helps us strategically invest in improvements to the system,” Lomako said.
SEMCOG and AAA are joining together to kick off a safety campaign aimed at trying to reduce this trend.
“We saw the alarming statistics from the SEMCOG report about injuries being up in all three categories, so it makes sense for us to partner with them and help the public be more safe,” said Susan Hiltz with AAA.