MADISON - Last month was tied for the fourth safest month of April in terms of traffic deaths since the end of WWII
Last month, 38 people died in traffic crashes on Wisconsin roads, which
tied it for the fourth safest month of April in terms of traffic deaths
since the end of World War II, according to preliminary statistics from
the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT). The safest month
of April since World War II occurred in 2014 with 25 traffic deaths, and
the deadliest was in 1973 with 113 deaths.
Traffic fatalities last month were 12 fewer than April 2015 but one more than the five-year average for the month of April.
As of April 30, a total of 161 people have died in Wisconsin traffic
crashes this year, including four motorcyclists, 14 pedestrians and
three bicyclists. Traffic deaths through April were 11 more than the
same period in 2015 and 26 more than the five-year average.
"Consistent safety belt use by all drivers and passengers in both front
and rear seats is a key to reducing traffic deaths. To prevent deaths
and serious injuries, law enforcement agencies from all over Wisconsin
will be out in force during the annual Click It or Ticket safety belt
enforcement mobilization from May 23 to June 5. Whenever officers
observe unbuckled drivers and passengers, they will stop the vehicle and
issue citations," says David Pabst, director of the WisDOT Bureau of
Transportation Safety. "Officers are serious about safety belt
enforcement because lives are destroyed, families are devastated, and
society suffers substantial economic losses when people are needlessly
killed or seriously injured in crashes because they were not wearing a