State Police report decrease in traffic fatalities over holiday weekend

The Michigan State Police confirmed yesterday that preliminary reports indicate four people died in traffic crashes statewide over the holiday weekend.

This number compares to the eight people that died in crashes over the holiday weekend in 2011.

Alcohol was a known factor in three of the four fatal crashes, and three of the four victims were not wearing a seatbelt.

"These numbers are preliminary and only reflect those fatalities reported to the Michigan State Police as of 11 am (Wednesday)," said Capt. Kari Kusmierz, commander of the MSP Training Division. "Even though these preliminary numbers show a decrease in fatalities from the same holiday period last year, the Michigan State Police continues to urge motorists not to drink and drive, to always use proper restraints and to drive safely."