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Pedestrian deaths from car crashes spiked nearly 20% in Michigan last year, according to preliminary data from the Governors Highway Safety Association.

The Association's Russ Martin said people drove much less in 2020 due to the pandemic. But the crisis seemed to worsen drivers' behavior, with more speeding and distracted driving.

"Whatever happened in the pandemic has caused an unexpected increase in the number of people killed," said Martin. "Not just pedestrians but all kinds of crashes. And so we in the safety community of course find this very shocking, but also very remarkable, and we need to figure out how can we address this in the future."

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New city ordinances pertaining to pedestrians and cyclists in Kalamazoo go into effect June 1.

Drivers in Kalamazoo will be required to stop for pedestrians and cyclists who are in or waiting to enter any crosswalk that does not have traffic control.

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Ann Arbor mayor John Hieftje vetoed last week's repeal of Ann Arbor's crosswalk ordinance. This leaves Ann Arbor's controversial crosswalk ordinance unchanged. 

The ordinance  requires drivers to yield to pedestrians waiting on the curb to enter  a crosswalk as well as to those who are already in the crosswalk.

Ann Arbor City Council voted 6-4 to repeal the crosswalk ordinance on December 2.  Eight votes are needed to override the mayor's veto.  It doesn't appear there are enough votes for that.

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Ann Arbor's City Council voted 6-4 Monday night to repeal its controversial crosswalk ordinance.  The rule requires drivers to stop if a pedestrian is waiting on the curb to enter a crosswalk.

But it looks like the rule won't change.

The Mayor of Ann Arbor, John Hieftje, says he will veto the repeal before it has a chance to take effect.

He thinks the current law makes things safer for pedestrians. 

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The Ann Arbor City Council will vote tonight on whether to repeal the city's crosswalk ordinance.

State law requires cars to stop only after pedestrians have entered a crosswalk.

But the Ann Arbor ordinance also requires cars to stop for pedestrians who are waiting on the curb.

Councilman Stephen Kunselman (D-Ward 3) said the local ordinance creates unsafe conditions.