car accident en How to keep your child safe during car rides <p>We can talk all we want about safety regulations, about child safety seats, which designs work best and why we should have children safely restrained in a traveling vehicle.</p><p>But all of that talk is trumped by the sometimes harsh realities of what doctors see in an emergency room. It's the physicians who see what happens when parents are careless about following safety laws, or when the laws themselves are not enough to protect children.</p><p>In 2012, more than 2,500 children under age 11 were hurt, and 16 youngsters died in car crashes. And that toll hasn't changed since 2005, despite advances in automotive design and child safety seats.</p><p>Why is this happening?</p><p>Dr. Michelle Macy, with the University of Michigan CS Mott Children's Hospital, joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 20:49:38 +0000 Stateside Staff 15020 at How to keep your child safe during car rides Oakland County chief recovering after crash <p>AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - Oakland County&#39;s top elected official is in stable condition after suffering several broken bones and a gash to his scalp in a two-car crash in suburban Detroit.</p><p>Officials at McLaren Health Center in Pontiac say 74-year-old L. Brooks Patterson remained hospitalized Saturday, one day after the car he was riding in collided with another vehicle in Auburn Hills.</p><p>Patterson underwent surgery Friday night to repair broken bones.</p> Sun, 12 Aug 2012 12:44:35 +0000 The Associated Press 8649 at Author Jeffrey Zaslow <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">There&rsquo;s a funeral today for best-selling author Jeffrey Zaslow, who was killed on a snowy Michigan road Friday morning. He had been at a book signing event in Petoskey the night before.</font></font></font></font></font></p> Mon, 13 Feb 2012 17:08:57 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 6195 at Author Jeffrey Zaslow Report: Traffic crashes add up to $4.8 billion a year in economic costs <p>A new State Police report says traffic crashes in Michigan carry a price tag of $4.8 billion dollars a year. The report says the cost of traffic crashes in Michigan exceeds the cost of crimes.</p><p>Researchers used data from 2009, when the human toll of traffic crashes was 937 deaths and more than 70,000 injuries. They put the economic damage for those crashes at $4.8 billion dollars. That includes the cost of medical care, property damage, and lost earnings, among other things.</p><p>The institute also used data on jury awards to put a value on pain and suffering caused by traffic crashes, which put the number over $9 billion dollars. The study compared the dollar loss from crashes to the cost of violent and property crimes that are tracked by the state, and found the costs of crime are dwarfed by the costs of traffic crashes.</p><p>The report was commissioned by the state Office of Highway Safety Planning and was conducted by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute. Tue, 23 Aug 2011 10:39:30 +0000 Rick Pluta 3870 at Report: Traffic crashes add up to $4.8 billion a year in economic costs