(Northland's NewsCenter) -- The Wisconsin Department of Transportation reports that 79 people were killed in traffic crashes during September.
Traffic fatalities were 30 more than in September of 2011 and 20 more than the five-year average for the month of September, according to preliminary statistics from WisDOT.
The safest month of September since World War II ocurred in 2011 with 49 fatalities, and the deadliest in 1973 with 116 fatalities.
As of September 30, a total of 480 people have died on Wisconsin roads in 2012, including 85 motorcycle drivers, 13 motorcycle passengers, 32 pedestrians and seven bicyclists.
Traffic deaths through September were 73 more than during the same period in 2011 and 28 more than the five-year average.
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