MADISON - Preliminary data from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) shows a total of 58 people lost their lives in traffic-related crashes last month, compared to 46 in October of last year.
first 10 months of this year, Wisconsin has recorded a preliminary total
of 506 traffic fatalities, higher than the 485 deaths at this time last
year, and also above the five-year average of 467.
"We're approaching that time of year when weather and travel conditions
can change quickly," said David Pabst, Director of WisDOT's Bureau of
Transportation Safety. "Motorists should be prepared for potentially
slippery roads, diminishing hours of daylight and the possibility of
deer darting onto roadways. The importance that all motorists need to
buckle-up, watch their speed and always remain focused on what's ahead
of them is imperative at this time of year."
Traffic-related deaths in Wisconsin so far this year include 287 motor
vehicle drivers, 85 passengers, 76 motorcyclists, 49 pedestrians and