Michigan crashes down in 2023, pedestrian and cyclist crashes up
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Michigan crashes down in 2023, pedestrian and cyclist crashes up

Fox 2Michigan saw a slight decline in the overall number of traffic crashes and fatalities in 2023, according to the latest data from the Michigan State Police Criminal Justice Information Center (CJIC).

There were 1,095 road fatalities reported in 2023, compared to 1,123 reported in 2022 – a 2% drop, the MSP said. The total number of road collisions from 2022 to 2023 also fell by 2% – from 293,341 to 287,953.

Despite this, the number of accidents involving vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists has increased by more than 10%.

In the data published every year, the Ministry of State Treasury states:

  • The number of accidents involving pedestrians increased by 11% – from 1,897 incidents in 2022 to 2,114 incidents in 2023.

  • Pedestrian fatalities increased by 6% – from 173 fatalities in 2022 to 183 fatalities in 2023.

  • The number of accidents involving cyclists increased by 10% – from 1,340 incidents in 2022 to 1,480 incidents in 2023.

  • However, the number of cyclist fatalities decreased by 33% – from 36 fatalities in 2022 to 24 fatalities in 2023.

“We all have to share the same road, so we have to watch out for risky behavior from drivers,” said MSP Lt. Mike Shaw. “If you’re a cyclist, make sure you’re obeying the law. If you’re a pedestrian, make sure you’re using crosswalks.”

Michigan crashes down in 2023, pedestrian and cyclist crashes upMichigan crashes down in 2023, pedestrian and cyclist crashes up

The director of the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning said Michigan’s new hands-free law is leading to fewer distracted driving accidents — 305 fewer incidents in 2023 than in 2202.

“There will always be people who will follow the law because it’s the right thing to do, and there will always be people who will kind of skirt around it,” Shaw said. “Sometimes you need that law enforcement aspect.”

Drivers are being asked to slow down as MSP will be cracking down on speeding offences until the end of July, Shaw said.

It’s also important to note that “alcohol-related deaths fell by 8%, from 322 deaths in 2022 to 297 in 2023,” according to MSP data. “While drug-related deaths rose by 3%, from 249 deaths in 2022 to 256 in 2023.”