fatalities http://michiganradio.org en Fewest traffic fatalities in Michigan since the 1940s. http://michiganradio.org/post/fewest-traffic-fatalities-michigan-1940s <p>While doing some research for a story, I went back over some <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/documents/HistoryAtAGlance_82570_7.pdf">data</a> issued by the Michigan State Police Criminal Justice Information last May.&nbsp;</p><p>It might not be surprising that the number of traffic crashes is lowest during years of a down economy.&nbsp; After all, there&rsquo;s less commercial traffic and there are fewer people driving to work because so many are unemployed.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 26 Sep 2011 17:41:53 +0000 Lester Graham 4311 at http://michiganradio.org Fewest traffic fatalities in Michigan since the 1940s. Traffic deaths rise in Michigan. Is the economy to blame? http://michiganradio.org/post/traffic-deaths-rise-michigan-economy-blame <p>Michigan saw an increase in the number of traffic deaths in 2010.&nbsp; It was the first increase in 7 years.&nbsp;</p><p>According to <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/msp/0,1607,7-123-1586-255977--,00.html">a new report</a>, 936 people died on Michigan roads last year.&nbsp;&nbsp; That&rsquo;s an 8%&nbsp;increase over 2009.</p><p>Traffic fatalities have been declining in Michigan since the early 2000&rsquo;s when&nbsp;more than a thousand people were dying each year in car crashes.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 11 May 2011 17:00:13 +0000 Steve Carmody 2442 at http://michiganradio.org Traffic deaths rise in Michigan. Is the economy to blame?