Wisconsin Traffic Deaths in May Lowest in 68 Years

By KBJR News 1

Wisconsin Traffic Deaths in May Lowest in 68 Years

June 7, 2013 Updated Jun 7, 2013 at 11:04 AM CDT

Madison, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- Traffic deaths in Wisconsin during the month of May were the lowest in 68 years.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation says that last month was the safest month of May since World War II.

There were 33 fatalities in Wisconsin in May, compared to 50 at this time last year.

Five people died in traffic crashes during the Memorial Day weekend alone, compared to eight in 2012.

So far this year, a total of 168 people have died in Wisconsin traffic crashes in 2013, including 14 motorcycle drivers, 14 pedestrians and three bicyclists. This time last year 206 people had died as a result of traffic accidents.

The Wisconsin State Patrol said in a news release that the summer months are generally the highest fatality months and in light of that fact, the WisDOT has started improvements in traffic safety enforcement, education and engineering.

Law enforcement and the State Patrol will step up their efforts to deter speeding, distracted driving, drunken driving and increasing seat belt use.

Their goal is to achieve a 'summer of safety' in Wisconsin.

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