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Traffic fatalities statewide in 2013 lowest since 1944, say DOT officials

Although the number of traffic fatalities in Vilas and Oneida increased in the last year, Wisconsin ended 2013 with the lowest annual total number of deaths since 1944, according to preliminary statistics from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT).

Vilas County recorded six traffic deaths in 2013, compared to three in 2012. Meanwhile, Oneida County had eight traffic fatalities in 2013 compared to five last year.

The state recorded 527 traffic fatalities in 2013, compared to 526 in 1944. State traffic deaths this past year also were down 74, or 12%, from 2012, when 601 people died, and 44 fewer than the five-year average of 571 deaths.

“There is no single factor we can identify as the main reason

Tuesday, January 07, 2014 3:22 PM
 

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