Deadly Year So Far on Wisconsin Roads

By KBJR News 1

Deadly Year So Far on Wisconsin Roads

August 2, 2012 Updated Aug 2, 2012 at 1:57 PM CDT

Madison, WI (Northland's NewsCenter) --- 2012 continues to be a deadly year on the road in Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation says that 68 people died in traffic accidents just in the month of July across the state. That's up from 59 traffic deaths in July of 2011.

So far in 2012, 333 people have died due to traffic accidents in Wisconsin. Traffic deaths through July were 44 more than during the same period in 2011.

“We’re experiencing the all too predictable—and tragic—summer surge in serious crashes," says Wisconsin State Patrol Maj. Sandra Huxtable, director of the Bureau of Transportation Safety. "This also is the time of year when we see a significant increase in crashes in road construction and maintenance work zones."

In terms of traffic deaths, the safest month of July since World War II occurred in 2009 with 46 fatalities, and the months of July in 1966 and 1971 were the deadliest with 140 fatalities.

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