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WisDOT Radio Newsline
December 6, 2013
To highlight the dangers of impaired driving as we approach another holiday season, December has been declared national “Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month.” December also marks the 10-year anniversary of a Wisconsin law prohibiting drivers from having any detectable amount of a controlled substance — such as marijuana or cocaine — in their system. Law enforcement officers receive extensive training to identify impaired drivers. Drivers who exhibit signs of impairment and refuse a blood or breath test risk automatic revocation of their driver license. Last year, about half of all fatal traffic crashes in Wisconsin involved drivers impaired by alcohol or other drugs. Audio
Preliminary data shows traffic crashes resulted in 52 deaths along Wisconsin roadways last month. While that’s higher than the 36 people killed in November of last year, overall traffic fatalities in Wisconsin are down about 13 percent compared to last year. Through November, traffic crashes resulted in 496 deaths in Wisconsin, compared to 568 over the same 11-month period last year. The deadliest month of November occurred in 1973 with 110 traffic deaths.
At least 11 people died in Wisconsin traffic crashes during the Thanksgiving holiday period including a triple fatality crash in Rock County. This compares to five traffic-related deaths over the same holiday period a year ago. The deadliest Thanksgiving occurred in 1972 when 35 people were killed. This year’s Thanksgiving travel period officially began Wednesday (11/21) at 6 p.m. and ended Sunday (12/1) at midnight. While travel and road conditions were favorable across much of the state over the holiday period, fair weather can also result in higher vehicle speeds and more serious crashes.
As colder weather grips much of the state, it’s likely that Wisconsin's frozen road law will soon be implemented in parts of the state. The law allows heavier loads for certain forest products, salt and sand for winter maintenance once ground under roads is adequately frozen. The Wisconsin DOT wants truckers to know that new boundaries have been established for most of the state’s five frost zones. More info can be found on the “Travel Information” section of the WisDOT web site and looking under “Truck.”
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Last modified: December 5, 2013
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