Lowest Traffic Fatalities for a November Since WWII

Posted by PKSD Law Firm on Dec 03, 2010 in Car Accidents

The following is a press release from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation

Thanksgiving holiday period also was safer than past years

Last month, 41 people died in 37 Wisconsin traffic crashes, which tied it with November 2008 as the safest month of November in terms of traffic deaths since World War II, according to preliminary statistics from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT). The deadliest month of November occurred in 1973 with 110 traffic deaths.

The Thanksgiving holiday period also was significantly safer than past years. Five people died in Wisconsin traffic crashes from 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 24, to midnight on Sunday, November 28, making it the safest Thanksgiving holiday period since 2000 when four people died. Last year, 12 people died in crashes during the Thanksgiving period.

Traffic fatalities last month were 14 fewer than November 2009 and 16 fewer than the five-year average for the month of November.

As of the end of November, 523 people have died in Wisconsin traffic crashes, including 97 motorcycle drivers, seven motorcycle passengers, 49 pedestrians and nine bicyclists. Traffic deaths through November were 24 more than during the same period in 2009. However, traffic fatalities were down 102 compared with the five-year average.

Traffic deaths are always tragic but they can be even more painful for families during the holiday season, says State Patrol Major Dan Lonsdorf, director of the WisDOT Bureau of Transportation Safety. To help save lives, hundreds of law enforcement agencies around the state will intensify their enforcement of safety belt and impaired driving laws during the Booze and Belts mobilization from December 10 to 18. The goal of the mobilization is not to write more safety belt tickets or make more drunken driving arrests but to protect individuals, families and whole communities from the devastating effects of traffic crashes.

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