Preliminary numbers show fewer died on Michigan roads during the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend this year than last. Although, officials say there is still work to be done.

Statistics released by  Michigan State Police show 8 were killed in 8 separate accidents during the period, which began on Wednesday night at 6 and ran through midnight Sunday.  That number compares with 9 people killed last year.

Police say half of the crashes 'still' involved alcohol and that is not acceptable. The fatalities despite beefed enforcement on state roadways with dozens of police agencies participating.