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Last month was the fourth safest month of July in terms of traffic deaths since World War II

August 2, 2013

With 55 fatalities in 50 Wisconsin traffic crashes, last month was the fourth safest month of July 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 July occurred in 2009 with 46 fatalities, and the deadliest July occurred in 1966 and 1971 with 140 fatalities. Traffic fatalities last month also were 20 fewer than July 2012 and four fewer than the five-year average for the month of July.

As of July 31, a total of 284 people have died in Wisconsin traffic crashes in 2013, including 41 motorcycle drivers, two motorcycle passengers, 19 pedestrians and eight bicyclists.

Traffic deaths through July were 55 fewer than during the same period in 2012 and 24 fewer than the five-year average.

"As people continue their summertime celebrations, they must make responsible decisions before they drive. Approximately 40 percent of traffic fatalities in Wisconsin are due to alcohol-related crashes," says State Patrol Major Sandra Huxtable, director of the WisDOT Bureau of Transportation Safety. "To save lives and prevent injuries, hundreds of law enforcement agencies throughout Wisconsin will be out in force for the annual 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' crackdown on drunken drivers from August 16 to September 2. Drunken driving is prevalent and deadly in Wisconsin. It also is entirely preventable."

For more information, contact:
State Patrol Major Sandra Huxtable, WisDOT Bureau of Transportation Safety
(608) 266-3048,



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