(AREA) -- The St. Clair County Sheriff's Office reminds motorists and motorcyclists alike during Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month to, "share the road" in order to help prevent motorcycle crashes, deaths and injuries. According to Sheriff Donnellon, motorcyclists will be out in force as the weather gets warmer, which is why May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. Fatal crashes with motorcycles are on the rise, and helmet usage is on the decline. Statistics show an alarming trend that in 2012, 4,957 motorcyclists were killed in traffic crashes, a continued increase from 2010. Those deaths account for 15 percent of the total highway fatalities that year. Injured motorcyclists also increased from 81,000 in 2011 to 93,000 in 2012. Helmet usage is also on the decline, dropping from 66 percent of motorcyclists wearing helmets in 2011 to only 60 percent in 2012. The decrease was most significant among motorcycle passengers, decreasing from 64 percent in 2011 to 46 percent in 2012. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 1,617 lives were saved in 2011 because of proper helmet usage, but another 701 lives could have been saved if helmets had been worn. For information on motorcycle safety, visit www.nhtsa.gov/safety/motorcycles
(LAPEER COUNTY) -- Lapeer County officials report that further lane closures are taking place on DeMille for both east and westbound traffic in the M-24 Construction Zone. Only one lane will be open in each direction of travel. Motorists are advised to stay in your own lane. These closures will last for about 2 weeks, weather permitting. Use caution when traveling through the area and watch out for construction workers.
Meanwhile, the Saginaw Street Reconstruction Project will start on Monday, May 5. During construction, Saginaw Street will be closed to traffic from Oregon Street to Pine Street. A detour route will be posted to use Pine Street. The project is scheduled to last until July 22. There will be traffic delays and motorists are asked to seek an alternate route during construction.