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Last month, 39 people were killed in traffic crashes in Wisconsin, which was the second lowest number of traffic deaths for July since monthly fatality statistics were first compiled in 1937. In terms of traffic deaths, Wisconsin’s all-time safest month of July was in 1943 with 34 traffic fatalities. The deadliest months of July occurred in 1966 and 1971 with 140 fatalities.
Traffic fatalities last month also were 18 fewer than July 2013 and 19 fewer than the five-year average for the month of July.
As of July 31, a total of 252 people have died in Wisconsin traffic crashes in 2014, including 38 motorcycle drivers, four motorcycle passengers, 21 pedestrians and two bicyclists, according to preliminary statistics from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT). Traffic deaths through July were 31 fewer than during the same period in 2013 and 50 fewer than the five-year average.
“In order to maintain a significant reduction in traffic fatalities, we must continue to combat drunken driving. Last year, 185 people died in alcohol-related crashes in Wisconsin,” says David Pabst, director of the WisDOT Bureau of Transportation Safety. “To save lives and prevent injuries, nearly 400 law enforcement agencies throughout Wisconsin will be out in force for the annual ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ crackdown on drunken drivers from August 15 to September 1. Tragically, drunken driving is still prevalent and deadly in Wisconsin. It also is entirely preventable.”