WCSO shares SEMCOG’s regional update reference the increase in traffic crashes, fatalities and injuries with some tips on how to avoid crashes and reduce injuries.
Preliminary analysis by Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) shows that traffic crashes in the seven-county region (Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw, and Wayne Counties) have increased for the fourth consecutive year. Total traffic crashes increased by six percent in 2016, up from 138,710 crashes in 2015. Both traffic fatalities and serious injuries increased by 10 percent in the region. The rise in traffic crashes, fatalities, and serious injuries in Southeast Michigan is consistent with state and national trends.
Personal behavior is a major cause in traffic crashes. Below are some tips to share with your friends and family to avoid crashes and reduce injuries:
- Always wear a safety belt.
- Always wear a helmet when riding a motorcycle of bicycle.
- Be safe. Be seen! Use lights and/or wear bright clothing when walking, cycling, or riding a motorcycle.
- Obey all traffic laws.
- Share the road safely – be courteous!
- Don’t tailgate – keep safe distances while driving.
- Avoid distractions while driving, biking, and walking.
- Reading, typing, or sending a text while driving is illegal in Michigan.
SEMCOG’s Southeast Michigan Traffic Safety Plan identifies countermeasures and strategies for addressing key traffic safety issues regionally and at the local level. Additional information on traffic safety and traffic crash data (2006-2015) can be found on the safety page of SEMCOG’s website. SEMCOG is also available to analyze community or corridor crash data and provide direct technical assistance to improve the safety and performance of the region’s roadways.
More detailed analysis of 2016 crash data will be available in the coming months. Contact: Jenya Abramovich, SEMCOG Plan Implementation.