The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) said today that there have been 133 traffic deaths this year as of March 18th.
There were 9 reported deaths in the previous week alone.
There have also been 718 serious injuries, which is an increase of 51 from the week before.
This is the lowest week-to-week increase for both fatalities and serious injuries this year.
MDOT says that driver behavior accounts for 90% of all fatal crashes. MDOT has started a program where drivers can see on electronic billboards the number of deaths this year on Michigan roadways. MDOT explains that these signs are not intended to be a scare tactic or to sensationalize the deaths. They intend the signs to communicate to drivers that traffic fatalities are a problem in Michigan.
MDOT also compared Michigan fatalities with other states in the region.
Minnesota has had 56 deaths so far this year. Wisconsin has had 69 traffic fatalities. Kentucky has 109 traffic deaths. Missouri has 121 while Illinois has 126 fatalities on their roadways.