01/04/2013 11:17 am ET | Updated Mar 06, 2013

Holiday Traffic Accidents: 19 Deaths Reported In Michigan Over Christmas and New Year's

(LANSING, Mich.) -- Ten people died in traffic crashes over the New Year’s holiday in Michigan, while another nine people died over the Christmas holiday, according to preliminary reports released from the Michigan State Police Criminal Justice Information Center.

A majority of the deaths were alcohol-related. Of those who died, seven of the people were unbuckled.

"The importance of buckling up and driving sober can never be stressed enough," said Kathy Farnum, senior section chief of the Office of Highway Safety Planning.

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