Traverse City Record-Eagle

Michigan

May 13, 2014

Michigan in Brief: 05/13/2014

Police to boost seat belt enforcement

LANSING — Police in Michigan plan to step up enforcement of seat belt regulations starting next week.

The Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning says the annual “Click It or Ticket” effort kicked off Monday with an advertising campaign about the enforcement effort. Safety belt enforcement zones and extra enforcement are planned starting next week.

The goal is to increase seat belt use to reduce traffic deaths and injuries. Last year, the state’s seat belt use rate was 93 percent, down from a high of 97.9 percent in 2009. Officials say that they want to help get seat belt use up to the 98 percent level.

2 dead in 2 shootings near MSU campus

EAST LANSING — A suspect has been arrested in the fatal shooting of two people at different locations near the Michigan State University campus in East Lansing.

Police said the arrest followed a standoff Monday afternoon. A campus alert has been lifted and normal operations at the school resumed about 1:15 p.m.

The first shooting occurred just after 11 a.m. Monday in a Rite Aid store at Frandor Shopping Center in Lansing Township, just west of the school.

Lansing police officer Robert Merritt said the victim was a 35-year-old man.

The second shooting was reported minutes later, northeast of the campus in East Lansing.

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