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WisDOT Radio Newsline
March 7, 2014
It looks like last month will enter the history books as the safest February ever recorded in terms of traffic fatalities along Wisconsin roadways. Preliminary data shows 21 people died in traffic crashes last month Ė thatís five fewer than last year and nine less compared to the five-year average for the month of February. The deadliest month of February occurred in 1968 with 73 fatalities. While many people are tiring of winter, the cold and snowy weather can also serve to reduce vehicle speeds, crash severity and overall travel. Through the first two months of this year, 56 people died in Wisconsin traffic crashes, compared to 69 over the same period a year ago. Audio
Donít forget to "spring ahead." Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday (March 9) at 2 a.m. Aside from losing an hour of sleep from setting clocks ahead one hour, it means later sunrises and sunsets. For many drivers, it also means driving to work in the dark, requiring special attention around schools and watching for pedestrians who may not be as visible in the early morning light. On the bright side, daylight will remain an hour longer, providing additional visibility for the drive home.
The Wisconsin DOT is asking county highway departments to take steps aimed at keeping state highways safe for winter travel, while helping ensure an adequate supply of road salt for the rest of this winter. There will be no changes to the level of service on Interstate highways, but counties are being directed to reduce salt application rates on non-Interstate routes. This winterís bitter cold and frequent snowfalls have been especially tough on plow operators, salt supplies and roadways. Because of the extreme weather, drivers should expect to see more potholes than usual, and be ready to slow down or move over when approaching highway crews making repairs. Audio
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Last modified: March 6, 2014
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