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A total of 48 people were killed in traffic crashes last month, according to preliminary statistics from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT). Traffic fatalities last month were five fewer than November 2013 and equaled the five-year average for the month of November.
Last month was the fourth safest month of November in terms of traffic deaths since World War II. The safest month of November since World War II occurred in 2012 with 36 traffic fatalities, and the deadliest was in 1973 with 110 fatalities.
Six people died in crashes during the Thanksgiving holiday period from 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26, to midnight on Sunday, November 30.
As of the end of November, 455 people have died in Wisconsin traffic crashes this year, including 67 motorcycle drivers, seven motorcycle passengers, 35 pedestrians and four bicyclists. Traffic deaths through November were 41 fewer than during the same period in 2013 and 65 fewer than the five-year average.
“Although traffic fatalities this year are down about 8 percent compared with the same period last year, we know that far too many people continue to die nearly every day because of drunken driving and not wearing safety belts,” says David Pabst, director of the WisDOT Bureau of Transportation Safety. “To prevent traffic crashes during the upcoming holiday season, law enforcement agencies will be on the lookout for unbelted motorists and drunken drivers during the annual statewide Booze and Belts mobilization from December 12 to 20. We’re striving to attain zero preventable traffic deaths in Wisconsin. And there’s no better time of year to make progress toward that goal than right now.”