June traffic crashes claim 59 lives in Wisconsin

Published: Jul. 11, 2017 at 10:11 AM CDT
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Data from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) shows that 59 people died in Wisconsin traffic crashes last month-three more compared to June of last year.

Through the first half of the year, Wisconsin recorded 271 traffic deaths including 31 pedestrians, 29 motorcyclists and one bicyclist.

“The summer months generally equate to higher vehicle speeds-and driving just 5 mph over the limit increases stopping distances, decreases reaction time, and puts drivers, passengers and everyone else along the roadway at greater risk,” said Dave Pabst, Director of WisDOT’s Bureau of Transportation Safety.

During the July Fourth holiday weekend, there were eight traffic fatalities in Wisconsin compared to twelve last year.