Wisconsin Department of Transportation
Press Release

Traffic fatalities on Wisconsin roads take a deadly turn for the worse

July was the deadliest month on Wisconsin roads this year, prompting transportation safety officials to issue a “call to action” urging all motorists to be safe/responsible

By - Aug 2nd, 2017 11:18 am

The 66 people who died in Wisconsin traffic crashes in July make it the deadliest month on state roadways so far this year, prompting officials with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) to issue a special call to all motorists: buckle-up, slow down, be sober and alert behind the wheel every day – every trip.

“Through law enforcement and public education, we’re doing everything we can to urge motorists to travel safely and responsibly,” said David Pabst, Director of WisDOT’s Bureau of Transportation Safety. “But in the end, it’s the responsibility of every driver and passenger to do their part to prevent needless tragedies along our roadways.”

Traffic fatalities last month were three more compared to July of last year, and 11 more than the five-year average for July. Wisconsin’s safest July was in 2015 with 39 fatalities and the deadliest occurred in 1966 and 1971 with 140 fatalities. Through the first seven months of the year, a preliminary total of 338 people died along Wisconsin roadways, surpassing the 335 people killed over the same period last year. Wisconsin traffic fatalities through July include 192 car and truck drivers, 59 passengers, 45 motorcyclists and 38 pedestrians.

The annual Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign from August 18 through Labor Day will put more officers on the roads for longer hours looking for impaired drivers and other traffic law violators. “While impaired driving remains a serious concern across Wisconsin, other common traffic law violations like speeding and distracted driving are equally dangerous and deadly,” Pabst said.

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One thought on “Traffic fatalities on Wisconsin roads take a deadly turn for the worse”

  1. Rita Reinke says:

    How about “house arrest” for someone causing an accident through negligence…ankle bracelet…have to stay in house; no driving. Keeps them out of jail, but safe for everyone else.
    Same with OWI….Wisconsin is about the most lenient state.

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