Michigan State Police: Traffic fatalities stay the same during Thanksgiving holiday weekend

Posted at 6:23 AM, Nov 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-27 09:06:12-05

Michigan State Police reports that traffic fatalities stayed the same during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

MSP says preliminary reports indicate that 11 people lost their lives in 10 separate traffic crashes during the holiday weekend, the same as the 2017 Thanksgiving holiday weekend which resulted in 11 fatalities from 11 traffic crashes.

Out of the 10 deadly crashes this year:

  • Restraints were not used in three crashes and unknown use in three
  • Alcohol use was a known factor in two of the deadly crashes
  • One involved an off-road vehicle where a helmet was not worn
  • Two victims were pedestrians.

“These numbers are preliminary and only reflect those fatalities reported to the MSP as of 11 a.m. today,” stated Spl/F/Lt. Jim Flegel, State Services Bureau.

"The MSP continues to urge motorists not to drive while impaired, always use proper restraints, and to make responsible driving decisions.”