2013 Wis. Traffic Fatalities Lowest in 70 Years

Updated: 01/02/2014 12:26 PM
Created: 01/02/2014 12:17 PM
By: Alan Hoglund

With 527 fatalities, Wisconsin ended 2013 with the lowest annual total in 70 years, according to the Department of Transportation. The agency says fatalities are the lowest since 1944 when 526 people died in crashes.

Deaths in 2013 were also down 74 percent - approximately a 12 percent reduction - from 2012 when 601 people died, preliminary statistics show.

In a news release, WisDOT Secretary Mark Gottlieb said "there is no single factor we can identify as the main reason for such a significant reduction in traffic fatalities...we know that the vast majority of serious crashes are caused by bad driving habits and irresponsible decisions. Therefore, motorists deserve a great deal of credit for saving their own lives and lives of others by slowing down, paying attention, buckling up and driving sober."

The agency says traffic fatalities went down last year in every category, including motorcyclists and pedestrians as well as drivers and passengers.

Click here for a list of fatality totals by county

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