Traffic fatalities increased during Thanksgiving weekend

Published 6:17 pm Thursday, December 4, 2008

By Staff
LANSING – Twelve people lost their lives in nine traffic crashes during the 2008 Thanksgiving holiday weekend, according to figures compiled by the Michigan State Police (MSP).
Last year, there were 11 traffic deaths during the Thanksgiving weekend.
Of the 12 victims, one was known to be restrained by a safety belt.
Alcohol was a known factor in one of the nine crashes.
"We are disappointed to see an increase in traffic fatalities," said Capt. Robert R. Powers Jr., commander of the MSP Traffic Safety Division.
"As we continue into the 2008 holiday season, we encourage motorists to drive responsibly, always wear your safety belt and designate a sober driver if you plan to drink."
The 2008 Thanksgiving holiday weekend ran from 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 26, through midnight on Sunday, Nov. 30.