14% Increase in Traffic Deaths on Wisconsin Roads So Far in 2012

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14% Increase in Traffic Deaths on Wisconsin Roads So Far in 2012

June 7, 2012 Updated Jun 7, 2012 at 11:28 AM CDT

Madison, WI (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Officials are touting that May 2012 has been the safest month of May on Wisconsin roads since World War II with only 46 traffic deaths across the state, compared to 50 in May of 2011.

However, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation is worried that there are already 25 more traffic related deaths in Wisconsin in 2012 than by this same time last year.

As of May 31st, a total of 203 people have died in 179 Wisconsin traffic crashes in 2012, including 22 motorcycle drivers, three motorcycle passengers, 13 pedestrians and one bicyclist.

“Although traffic fatalities moderated in May, we are concerned about an approximately 14 percent increase in deaths on Wisconsin roads so far this year,” says State Patrol Major Sandra Huxtable, director of the WisDOT Bureau of Transportation Safety.

According to Huxtable, to ensure a "Summer of Safety", WisDot will be implementing statewide improvements to traffic safety enforcement including stepping up efforts to deter speeding, distracted driving, and drunken driving as well as increase safety belt use.

WisDot is also making headway in improving roads where data shows that a high number of traffic accidents occur.

Over Memorial Day weekend, six people died in traffic crashes in Wisconsin compared to seven people who died last year over the holiday weekend.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns