The number of deadly traffic crashes in Wisconsin is on the rise

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin transportation officials say traffic deaths were up slightly in January, and they're calling for drivers to pay more attention.

Forty people died in traffic crashes during the month, three more than the five-year average.

Traffic deaths last year were up 6 percent from the year before.

State transportation officials say drivers should avoid eating, making phone calls or looking around for items while they're moving -- especially on wintry roads.