Traffic deaths higher this year across state - WNEM TV 5

Traffic deaths higher this year across state

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SAGINAW COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

The number of traffic deaths in Michigan are up this year, according to signs along the freeway from the Michigan Department of Transportation.

The signs are a reminder to drive safely. The sign reads 270 deaths from highway accidents across the state this year. That's 53 more deaths than this time last year.

MDOT could not offer a reason for the increase in deaths. However, drivers said they're seeing more people do things while driving that they shouldn't be doing.

"Actually, I just got off the highway and a person was reading a book while driving," Cory Kripli said.

Some drivers said they've seen people do some pretty weird stuff while behind the wheel.

"I've seen someone shaving before," Tom McVoy said.

Even though it's illegal, all of the drivers TV5 spoke to said they've seen plenty of people using their phone while driving.

"We were just on the way up here and someone was starting and slowing down and speeding up and we could see they had their phone up, not even in their lap like they were hiding it. It was right up front with one hand on the wheel," Sara Stukey said.

Some drivers said they're not surprised highway fatalities are up this year, citing distracted driving as a strong possibility why.

"Just gotta stop doing it. I mean, in one second you can get in an accident. So many accidents from texting and driving or reading a book. It's stupid," Kripli said.

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