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Last month was the third safest month of January in terms of traffic deaths since World War II

February 6, 2014

Last month, 32 people died in traffic crashes in Wisconsin, which made it the third safest month of January in terms of traffic fatalities since World War II, according to preliminary statistics from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT).

The safest month of January in terms of traffic fatalities occurred in 2010 with 20 deaths, and the deadliest was in 1964 with 82 fatalities.

Traffic deaths last month were 11 fewer than January 2013 and four fewer than the five-year average for the month of January. Traffic fatalities in January included 19 drivers, six passengers and seven pedestrians.

"We are concerned about the high number of pedestrian deaths so far this year. The seven pedestrian fatalities in 2014 are nearly double the number from the same time last year," says David Pabst, director of the WisDOT Bureau of Transportation Safety. "Preliminary investigations report that in three of the fatal crashes the pedestrians were hit by a vehicle while walking on a roadway after their vehicle had crashed or slid off the road in bad weather conditions. To prevent these types of collisions, we advise that you stay inside your vehicle if at all possible with your seat belt buckled if you’ve run off the road or crashed. Then, call 911 on a cell phone or wait for a law enforcement officer to arrive. If you are outside your vehicle, you have little or no protection against vehicles that can easily slide out of control on slippery roads. Your vehicle provides the best available protection if you and your passengers remain inside it with your safety belts fastened."

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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