Traffic crashes claim the lives of 63 people in September
Traffic fatalities so far this year are up by more than 16 percent over last year.
Last month, 63 people died in traffic crashes on Wisconsin roadways, which was 16 more than September 2014 and seven more than the five-year average for the month of September, according to preliminary statistics from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT).
As of September 30, a total of 424 people have died in Wisconsin traffic crashes this year, including 68 motorcycle operators, two motorcycle passengers, 40 pedestrians and 13 bicyclists. Traffic deaths through September were 60 more than the same period in 2014 and 11 more than the five-year average.
“Traffic fatalities so far this year are up by more than 16 percent over last year. However, last year Wisconsin had the lowest number of traffic fatalities since 1943,” says David Pabst, director of the WisDOT Bureau of Transportation Safety. “This year, we’ve experienced a significant increase in traffic fatalities involving pedestrians and bicyclists. Forty pedestrians have died in crashes this year compared with 29 at the same time last year, and 13 bicyclists have died compared with three in the same period in 2014. To prevent needless deaths, drivers must share the road with pedestrians and bicyclists and watch for them particularly when making turns or lane changes and at intersections. They must yield the right of way to pedestrians in cross walks and at intersections. They also must watch out for bicyclists and leave at least 3 feet of clearance when passing bikes on roadways.”
Press Releases by Wisconsin Department of Transportation
Statement from Wisconsin DOT Secretary Dave Ross on cancellation of I-39/90/94 Madison to Portage study and I-90/94 Portage to Wisconsin Dells studyMar 3rd, 2017 by Wisconsin Department of Transportation
We did not make this decision hastily nor take it lightly.
Governor Walker approves improvements totaling over $4.4 million for General Mitchell International AirportFeb 28th, 2017 by Wisconsin Department of Transportation
A combination of state, Milwaukee County and Federal Aviation Administration funds will be used for these projects.
News release: Governor approves over $1.9 million for improvement projects at Lawrence J. Timmerman AirportFeb 28th, 2017 by Wisconsin Department of Transportation
One project will reconstruct the primary runway.
The closures are necessary for utility work related to private development in downtown Milwaukee.
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