The Wisconsin Department of Transportation reports that August was the second lowest month for traffic deaths since the end of World War II.
55 people died in 46 traffic crashes in August, according to preliminary reports from WisDOT.
August 2009 was considered the safest month with 52 fatalities, and August 1969 was considered the deadliest with 154 deaths - the single worst month in Wisconsin history.
There were 14 fewers deaths than in August 2011 and 13 fewer than the five-year average for the month of August.
As of August 31, a total of 397 people have died in Wisconsin traffic accidents during 2011, consisting of 67 motorcycle drivers and 10 passengers, 26 pedestrians and seven bicyclists.
Traffic deaths at the end of August were still 39 more than during the same period in 2011 and four more thans the five-year average.