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Last month tied for ninth safest month of June in terms of traffic deaths since end of World War II

July 3, 2013

With 58 fatalities in 56 Wisconsin traffic crashes, last month currently ranks tied for the ninth safest month of June in terms of traffic deaths since the end of World War II, according to preliminary statistics from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT). The safest month of June in terms of traffic deaths occurred in 1946 with 45 fatalities, and the deadliest was in 1956 with 115 fatalities. Traffic fatalities last month were the same as June 2012, and one greater than the five-year average for the month of June.

As of June 30, a total of 224 people have died in Wisconsin traffic crashes in 2013, including 28 motorcycle drivers, one motorcycle passenger, 17 pedestrians and four bicyclists. Traffic deaths through June were 40 fewer than during the same six-month period in 2012 and 26 fewer than the five-year average.

“Through the first half of this year, traffic fatalities are down about 15 percent compared to the same period last year, but we’re still seeing far too many needless deaths and injuries along Wisconsin roadways,” says State Patrol Maj. Sandra Huxtable, director of the WisDOT Bureau of Transportation Safety. “The State Patrol and other law enforcement agencies will continue to work throughout the summer to enforce traffic laws especially in and around highway work zones. If everyone would simply buckle up, slow down, drive sober and pay attention while behind the wheel, hundreds of lives could be saved. We are striving to make this a summer of safety in Wisconsin and we all need to do our part to ensure safety on Wisconsin roadways.”

For more information, contact:
Randy Romanski
(608) 267-9075, randy.romanski@dot.wi.gov

 

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