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1997 Michigan traffic crash facts
  • Published Date:
    1998-05-01
  • Language:
    English
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  • OCLC Number:
    62510213
  • NTL Classification:
    NTL-REFERENCES AND DIRECTORIES-Statistics ; NTL-SAFETY AND SECURITY-Accidents ; NTL-SAFETY AND SECURITY-Highway Safety ; NTL-SAFETY AND SECURITY-SAFETY AND SECURITY ;
  • Abstract:
    The 1997 traffic fatality count was 1,446, down 3.9 percent from the 1996 figure of 1,505.

    Compared with 1996, injuries were down 3.5 percent and total crashes were down 2.2

    percent. These figures translated into a death rate of 1.6 per 100 million miles of travel,

    down 5.9 percent from the death rate of 1.7 reported in 1996. Nationally, fatalities were down

    0.2 percent.

    Exposure factors in 1997 showed increases in vehicle registrations, the number of drivers on

    Michigan roads, and travel mileage. They included motor vehicle registrations up 0.1 percent

    to 8.12 million, the number of Drivers of Record up 1.6 percent to 7.09 million, and vehicle

    travel mileage up 1.7 percent to 89.2 billion.

    Consumption of alcohol continues to be a major factor in Michigan crashes, particularly the

    more serious crashes. In 1997, 4.7 percent of all crashes, including property damage only,

    were reported to involve drinking, and 22.7 percent resulted in injury or death. However,

    46.3 percent of alcohol-related crashes involved injury or death, and 37.5 percent of fatal

    crashes involved drinking. Over 58.4 percent of alcohol-related fatal crashes involved only

    one vehicle, whereas only 30.2 percent of all crashes involved one vehicle.

    Data on crashes in this book was obtained from 1997 Michigan Traffic Crash Report Forms

    (UD-10) submitted by local police departments, sheriff jurisdictions, and the Department of

    State Police. Other related information was obtained from the Departments of

    Transportation, State, and Community Health.

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