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Michigan Sees Rise In Traffic Fatalities During COVID-19 Pandemic

Daniel X. O'Neil

Last year’s traffic fatalities in Michigan were the highest they’ve been since 2007.

That’s according to the latest statistics from the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning.

The office’s Communications Section Chief, Kendall Wingrove, says the overall number of crashes dropped by over 20 percent, but the number of deaths increased.

“So, even though there were fewer crashes, more crashes were severe. You were more likely to be killed in a crash, even though there were fewer crashes in 2020,” Wingrove says.

Wingrove says they’re still trying to determine the cause of the increase, but they speculate an increase in speed caused by there being fewer people on the road may have contributed to it.

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— Taylor Pinson is a writer/reporter for 89.1 WEMU News.  Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him

Taylor Pinson is a former WEMU news reporter and engineer.
Taylor Pinson is a former WEMU news reporter and engineer.
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