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April 2, 2024

Traffic deaths dip in Michigan, nationally but remain above pre-COVID levels

MSU's Timothy Gates conducts research with state

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MSU conducts resarch with the State of Michigan to evaluate traffic safety.   

Michigan State University Civil and Environmental Engineering researcher Timothy Gates was mentioned recently by the Detroit News about his research on traffic deaths in Michigan, and how they've dipped statewide and nationally.

Traffic deaths, however, still remain above pre-COVID levels, according to Gates' research. Gates is a professor in the MSU College of Engineering who works closely with the State of Michigan to understand driver behavior and ways to make travel safer. 

For more information about Gates' work click on this Detroit News story link. Gates was also interviewed in February by MLive for his work with the state. His research has also found that seatbelt use has declined statewide.

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Gates has several years of experience researching traffic safety and engineering. Since 2007, he has served as a principal investigator (PI) or co-PI on more than $12 million worth of funded research and more than 60 competitive grants.

Gates and Peter Savolainen, a Civil and Environmental Engineering MSU Foundation Professor and interim department chair, have conducted research on a variety of transportation issues.

They have received national recognition for safety findings on speed feedback signs and helped state officials study ways to enforce distracted driving violations. For more information on their work together, visit MSU Today's website. 

Written by Eric Lacy, See more at the Engineering Media and Public Relations page.