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Last month was the safest month of April in terms of traffic deaths since the end of WWII

May 2, 2013

Last month, 28 people died in 25 crashes on Wisconsin roadways, which made it the safest month of April in terms of traffic deaths since the end of World War II, according to preliminary statistics from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT). The deadliest April was in 1977 with 113 fatalities.

Traffic fatalities last month were 17 fewer than in April 2012 and 16 fewer than the five-year average for the month of April. As of April 30, a total of 134 people have died in Wisconsin traffic crashes this year, including five motorcyclists, 11 pedestrians and one bicyclist. Traffic deaths through April were 22 fewer than the same period in 2012 and seven fewer than the five-year average.

"Consistent safety belt use by all drivers and passengers is a key to reducing traffic deaths. To prevent deaths and serious injuries, law enforcement agencies from all over Wisconsin will be out in force during the annual Click It or Ticket safety belt enforcement mobilization from May 20 to June 2. Whenever officers observe unbuckled drivers and passengers, they will stop the vehicle and issue citations," says State Patrol Major Sandra Huxtable, director of the WisDOT Bureau of Transportation Safety. "Officers are serious about safety belt enforcement because lives are destroyed, families are devastated, and society suffers substantial economic losses when people are needlessly killed or seriously injured in crashes because they were not wearing a safety belt."

For more information, contact:
State Patrol Major Sandra Huxtable, WisDOT Bureau of Transportation Safety
(608) 266-3048, sandra.huxtable@dot.wi.gov

 

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