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52 people died in traffic crashes last month

December 5, 2013

A total of 52 people were killed in 49 traffic crashes last month, according to preliminary statistics from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT). Traffic fatalities last month were 16 more than November 2012 and seven more than the five-year average for the month of November.

Last month was tied for the sixth safest month of November in terms of traffic deaths since World War II. The safest month of November since World War II occurred last year with 36 traffic fatalities, and the deadliest was in 1973 with 110 fatalities.

Eleven people died in crashes during the Thanksgiving holiday period from 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 27, to midnight on Sunday, December 1.

As of the end of November, 496 people have died in Wisconsin traffic crashes this year, including 80 motorcycle drivers, four motorcycle passengers, 37 pedestrians and 10 bicyclists. Traffic deaths through November were 72 fewer than during the same period in 2012 and 34 fewer than the five-year average.

"Although traffic fatalities this year are down about 13 percent compared with the same period last year, we know that far too many people continue to die nearly every day because of drunken driving and not wearing safety belts," says David Pabst, director of the WisDOT Bureau of Transportation Safety. "To protect individuals, families and whole communities from the tragic effects of traffic crashes during the upcoming holiday season, law enforcement agencies throughout the state will be on the lookout for unbelted motorists and drunken drivers during the annual Booze and Belts mobilization from December 13 to 21. We’re striving to attain zero preventable traffic deaths in Wisconsin. And there’s no better time of year to make progress toward that goal than right now."

For more information, contact:
David Pabst, director, WisDOT Bureau of Transportation Safety
(608) 266-3048,



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