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Washtenaw County Auto Crashes Increase in 2012

A Michigan State Police report released on March 18, 2013 indicates that auto accidents in Washtenaw County went up by about 3 percent in 2012 compared to the previous year. There were 10,007 auto accidents in 2012 compared to 9,715 in 2011. Twenty-three persons died in 22 crashes in the county in 2012. Despite there being an increase in the total number of crashes, there was actually a decrease in auto accident deaths from the previous year. There were 35 people in Washtenaw County who lost their lives in 2011 compared to the 23 persons who died in 2012.

The total number of traffic fatalities in the entire state increased by 5 percent in 2012 compared with 2011. Interestingly, the Michigan State Police report noted that teen fatalities in auto accidents in the state decreased by 14 percent, from 99 in 2011 to 85 in 2012. Additionally, cell-phone involved accidents decreased 9 percent, from 821 in 2011 to 748 in 2012; however, cell-phone-involved fatal crashes increased from 6 in 2011 to 8 in 2012.

With the repeal of Michigan's helmet law, it is not surprising that the number of motorcycle deaths increased by 18 percent across the state in 2012. Pedestrians killed by automobiles decreased 5 percent, from 140 in 2011 to 133 in 2012. 

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