The Michigan State Police (MSP) announced that preliminary reports indicate seven people lost their lives in seven separate traffic crashes during the 2016 Fourth of July holiday weekend. In comparison, 11 traffic crashes resulted in 12 deaths during the 2015 Fourth of July holiday weekend.
“These numbers are preliminary and only reflect fatalities reported to the MSP as of 11 a.m. on July 5,” stated F/Lt. Kevin Rod, acting commander of the MSP Training Division. “While a decrease in fatalities is excellent news, four crashes involved pedestrians which is concerning. The MSP continues to urge motorists to drive responsibly by limiting distractions behind the wheel, not drinking and driving, and buckling up each and every ride.”
This Fourth of July holiday weekend ran from 6 p.m. on Friday, July 1 through 11:59 p.m. on Monday, July 4.