Last month safest month of May in terms of Wis. traffic deaths since World War II


June 6, 2013

With 33 fatalities in 33 Wisconsin traffic crashes, last month was the safest month of May in terms of traffic deaths since the end of World War II, according to preliminary statistics from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT). The deadliest May was in 1968 with 123 fatalities. Traffic fatalities last month were 17 fewer than May 2012 and 19 fewer than the five-year average for the month of May.

Five people died in traffic crashes during the Memorial Day weekend. Last year, eight people died during the holiday weekend.

As of May 31, a total of 168 people have died in Wisconsin traffic crashes in 2013, including 14 motorcycle drivers, 14 pedestrians and three bicyclists.

Traffic deaths through May were 38 fewer than during the same period in 2012 (an 18 percent reduction), and 25 fewer than the five-year average.

“To prevent crashes during the summer months, which historically are the highest fatality months, WisDOT has started a comprehensive array of improvements in traffic safety enforcement, education and engineering,” says State Patrol Major Sandra Huxtable, director of the WisDOT Bureau of Transportation Safety. “For example, local law enforcement agencies and the State Patrol will intensify their efforts to deter speeding, distracted driving, and drunken driving and to increase safety belt use. We just concluded the annual Click It or Ticket mobilization with 415 Wisconsin law enforcement agencies participating, which was a record number. WisDOT also is moving forward quickly with roadway safety improvements in highway corridors where data show that crashes are more likely to occur. Our goal is to achieve a ‘Summer of Safety’ in Wisconsin.”