The leader of the Traffic Improvement Association of Michigan (TIA) states that the roads in Oakland County are among the least fatal in the world, but law enforcement wants to reduce traffic fatalities even further, aiming for “zero deaths.” The total amount of fatal Oakland County crashes increased from 59 in 2010 to 67 in 2011, which is a slight increase, but law enforcement are calling for “more attentive driving, less use of cell phones, and more law enforcement officers on the road” in order to prevent these deaths from occurring at all.
The fatality rate for Oakland County was 0.54 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled, which is low compared to the state of Michigan that has a rate of 0.94 deaths. The traffic fatality rates for other counties in southeast Michigan are as follows:
- Livingston County – 0.81
- Wayne County – 0.83
- Washtenaw County – 0.95
- Macomb County – 0.76
The executive director for the Auburn Hills-based TIA is concerned that traffic fatalities disproportionately affect young drivers, noting that in the U.S. “traffic crashes are the leading causes of death for teens and young adults ages 15 to 20.” Though he is concerned about teen and young adult drivers, he is urging all motorists in Oakland County and across Michigan to drive distraction-free and focus on the road.
The director is also calling for increased law enforcement to prevent traffic accidents, and is reaching out to local governments in the Metro Detroit area to encourage them to not cut law enforcement.
Law enforcement and all drivers can participate in the effort to reduce traffic-related fatalities, but unfortunately, not all accidents can be prevented. If you have lost a loved one in an accident, contact a traffic accident wrongful death lawyer in Oakland County at Lipton Law. The abrupt loss of a loved one is devastating, and our legal team will work diligently to obtain the compensation you need to deal with financial matters so you and your family can focus on healing. Call (248) 557-1688 to see how we can assist you during this difficult time.