Michigan drunken driving deaths decline while drugged driving deaths rise
State police officials in Michigan reported that drunken driving deaths decreased slightly while drugged driving deaths increased last year in the state. In 2010, 357 people were killed from drinking or drug-related crashes in the state, which is up from 351 in 2009. Of the crash deaths, 79 involved both alcohol and drugs. The Michigan State Police cite more officers testing for drugs as a reason for the increase in drugged-driving deaths. An increase in police training to better detect impaired drivers will have a positive impact but more public education is needed to help reduce impaired driving deaths.