LANSING, Mich. -

Michigan State Police have good news to report. Traffic fatalities during the 2013 Memorial Day holiday weekend were down significantly from the same period in 2012.

Preliminary reports indicate five people lost their lives in four separate traffic crashes this year. In comparison, ten people died in traffic crashes during the 2012 Memorial Day holiday weekend.

Of this year's five fatalities, two were known to be wearing seat belts. Alcohol use was not a factor in two of the crashes and was unknown in the other two fatal crashes.

"These numbers are preliminary and only reflect those fatalities reported to the MSP as of 11 a.m. Monday, May 27, 2013," stated Captain Kari Kusmierz, commander of the MSP Training Division. "The preliminary numbers show a decrease in fatalities from this same holiday period last year. The MSP continues to urge motorists not tho drink and drive, to always use proper restraints and to drive safely."

The 2013 Memorial Day holiday weekend ran from 6 p.m. Friday, May 24 through 11:59 p.m. Monday, May 27, 2013.