It’s the biggest bar night of the year. Michigan State Police has one message: ‘Safety doesn’t pause’
Ahead of the biggest bar night of the year, Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning tweeted out a stark contrast to the celebration — a body in the morgue. The office’s social media pushed out a 2020 PSA video called “Toe Tag” reminding drivers of the harsh reality of impaired driving. Last year, 453 people died in alcohol- and/or drug-involved traffic crashes in Michigan, according to OHSP.mlive.com
Michigan officials ‘concerned’ after seat belt use drops to lowest rate since 2004
According to a news release from the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning, the state’s seat belt usage rage has dropped from 94.4 percent in 2019 to 92.6 percent in 2021. The low rate has traffic safety advocates concerned. The OHSP also has a paid advertising effort encouraging rear seat belt use, including a video titled “Backseat Excuses.”Michigan’s all-time belt use record was 97.9 percent in 2009. The nationwide seat belt use rate was 90.7 percent in 2019. The NHTSA requires states to conduct annual seat belt observation surveys to determine belt usage.mlive.com
Click It or Ticket enforcement campaign starts Thursday
Officers from police departments, sheriffs offices and the Michigan State Police want to remind people to enjoy these activities and make safe driving choices this month as seat belt enforcement steps up across the state during the two-week Click It or Ticket campaign Oct. 17 to 31. In Michigan, 192 people killed in traffic crashes during 2018 were not wearing a seat belt. The fine and associated costs for not wearing a seat belt is $65. The national seat belt use rate in 2018 was 89.6 percent. The OHSP coordinates the Click It or Ticket effort which is supported by federal traffic safety funds.monroenews.com
Michigan schools participate in teen safe driving program
Students at 62 Michigan high schools benefited from efforts to make teenagers better, safer drivers by participating in Strive For a Safer Drive, or S4SD, a public-private partnership between Ford Driving Skills for Life and the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning, OHSP. High School and Harper CreekCass County: Cassopolis Ross BeattyChippewa County: RudyardClare-Gladwin Cos: Clare-Gladwin Regional Education Service District (RESD)Eaton County: Grand Ledge and PottervilleGenesee County: Atherton Jr./Sr. The top five campaigns were selected and those winning schools will win a cash prize ranging from $500 to $1,500. Following their activities, schools had the opportunity to send students to a free hands-on driving clinic with professional driving instructors sponsored by Ford Driving Skills for Life. Programs like Strive For a Safer Drive and Driving Skills for Life have been shown to be successful in helping young, novice drivers make smart decisions behind the wheel, said Jim Graham, the global manager for Ford Driving Skills for Life.