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Last month was tied for the second safest month of October

November 5, 2013

Last month, 49 people died in 46 traffic crashes on Wisconsin roadways, which tied it for the second safest month of October 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 October since World War II occurred in 2009 with 39 traffic deaths, and the deadliest October was in 1971, with 127 fatalities.

Traffic fatalities last month were seven fewer than in October, 2012, and two fewer than the five-year average for the month of October.

As of October 31, a total of 444 people have died in Wisconsin traffic crashes this year, including 77 motorcycle operators, 4 motorcycle passengers, 32 pedestrians and 9 bicyclists. Traffic deaths through October were 88 fewer than the same period in 2012, which is approximately a 17 percent reduction, and 40 fewer than the five-year average.

With the start of the winter driving season quickly approaching, motorists will need to become acclimated once again to driving under adverse conditions, advises David Pabst, director of the WisDOT Bureau of Transportation Safety.

“It won’t be long before we’ll be hit with ice, snow, and limited visibility on roadways. To prevent crashes, drivers will need to slow down and pay attention when weather and road conditions deteriorate,” Pabst says. “Drivers also will need to adjust to more hours of darkness and should use their headlights to see and be seen by other drivers. Headlight use is especially important on rainy, snowy or foggy days. It’s smart to turn on your headlights whenever you turn on your windshield wipers.”

More winter driving tips are available on the WisDOT web site.

For more information, contact:
David Pabst, director of the Bureau of Transportation Safety
(608) 266-3048, david.pabst@dot.wi.gov

 

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