— Michigan is a state with an “unmet need” for traffic control services.
The state has the second-highest number of crashes involving pedestrians on its roadways, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation.
The number of pedestrians killed or seriously injured in pedestrian crashes has risen to its highest level in five years, according the state’s Department of Public Safety.
That’s according to data from the Michigan Transportation Department.
In 2017, there were more than 4,000 pedestrian fatalities.
That number has more than doubled since 2012.
More than a dozen cities are on pace to exceed the number of pedestrian fatalities this year, with Detroit topping the list.
The numbers are alarming in a state that was already facing a serious decline in pedestrian safety.
In 2016, Michigan’s statewide pedestrian fatalities dropped by 8 percent from the previous year, according a report from the State Policy Network.
The report found that in 2017, pedestrians were injured in Michigan at a rate of 11.3 injuries per 100,000 residents.
That is more than twice the national rate of 5.7.
The statewide rate of pedestrian injuries also rose to 15.6 injuries per 10,000 in 2017.
That rate is higher than any other state except New York.
Detroit has seen a large increase in pedestrian injuries in recent years.
The city saw nearly 1,000 pedestrians injured in 2017 and 1,200 injured in 2016.
In addition, there have been more than 700 pedestrian fatalities in Michigan since 2014.
The Department of Safety, Infrastructure and Communities, which oversees the Michigan Highway Patrol, has said that its troopers are required to use traffic signals to guide pedestrians and motorists.
But the department has said it doesn’t have the resources to keep up with demand for traffic enforcement services.
“We do not have the manpower or the resources at the moment to implement new traffic enforcement tools, especially when the state of Michigan is facing a significant decline in traffic safety,” said Sgt. Kevin Cavanaugh, a spokesman for the Michigan DOT.
“We do, however, need to address our staffing needs to support our efforts to keep our streets safe.”
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan has said he believes traffic signals and traffic calming strategies are necessary.