07-12-18 Police Reports

Police Reports By Annette Christie Holiday traffic report The Michigan State Police provided preliminary reports indicating that four people lost their lives in three separate traffic crashes during the two-day 2018 Fourth of July holiday. Three out of the four fatalities were pedestrians. In contrast, 14 people lost their lives last year in 14 separate crashes during the four-day Fourth of July holiday weekend. Of the three deadly crashes three of the victims were pedestrians, restraint use was unknown in one of the fatal crashes, and alcohol use does not appear to be a factor in any of the crashes. “These numbers are preliminary and only reflect those fatalities reported to the Michigan State Police as of 10:30 a.m., Thursday, July 5,” stated Spl/F/Lt. Jim Flegel, MSP traffic safety specialist. “We continue to urge motorists to be aware of your surroundings at all times, and give both pedestrians and bicyclists plenty of room on the roadways. Never operate a vehicle while impaired on alcohol or drugs, and avoid all distractions.” The 2018 Fourth of July holiday ran from 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, July 3, through 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4, 2018. Watervliet City Police activity The Watervliet City Police Department responded to 128 calls for service in the month of June. Of those calls, there were six felony arrests and 16 misdemeanor arrests. The department made 156 traffic stops and issued 131 warnings. In all, there were 32 traffic citations given. Police officers in the department assisted other agencies six times and responded to two false alarms. There were two traffic crashes that the department responded to.

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