Under the umbrella of the Governors Traffic Safety Advisory Commission (GTSAC), the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the Michigan State Police (MSP) lead a statewide safety campaign known as Toward Zero Deaths (TZD). This campaign is based on the National Strategy on Highway Safety intended to influence driver behavior and improve safety. Driver behavior is a factor in nearly 90 percent of all fatal crashes. The ultimate goal of this campaign is to move Towards Zero Deaths on Michigan roadways by curbing distracted driving, providing drivers with safety tips and information, and through continuous outreach activities.
- In 2016, one person was killed in a crash every 8 hours and 15 minutes.
- Most fatal crashes occurred on dry roadways (78.3 percent) and in clear weather conditions (62.1 percent).
- In 2016, one person was killed in an alcohol involved crash every 1 day 8 hours 25 minutes.
- In 2016, one driver under age 21 was in a fatal crash every 2 days 14 hours 18 minutes.
- 69.7 percent of pedestrians killed in 2016 were male, most pedestrian crashes occur between 5 and 6 p.m., and Friday is the deadliest day of the week for pedestrians.
- In 2016, pedestrians crossing not at an intersection accounted for 40.6% of pedestrian fatalities.
- In 2016, 73 percent of drinking drivers involved in crashes were male, most fatal had been drinking (HBO) crashes occur between 12 and 3 a.m., and Saturday has the highest number of HBO fatal crashes.