- Associated Press - Thursday, July 7, 2016

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan State Police say traffic deaths were down this year around the Fourth of July holiday from last year.

The agency says preliminary reports indicate that seven people died in seven separate traffic crashes during the holiday weekend. Last year during the Fourth of July holiday period, officials reported there were 11 traffic crashes that resulted in 12 deaths.

Kevin Rod, acting commander of the state police’s Training Division, noted that four crashes involved pedestrians. In a statement, he says that’s “concerning.” State police are urging people to limit distractions, avoid alcohol while driving and wear seat belts.

This year’s holiday period ran from 6 p.m. on July 1 through the end of the day Monday.

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