DOT: September was safest month on Wisconsin roads since World War II

Number of fatal traffic crashes hits 70-year low
DOT: September was safest month on Wisconsin roads since World War II

Less people are dying on Wisconsin roads.

The Department of Transportation reports the fewest number of fatal car crashes during September in more than 70 years, since World War II. State Patrol Trooper Kevin Kinderman says 52 traffic deaths in August make it tied with 2009 as the safest on record, five fewer than last year. In September, 41 people died in crashes, six fewer than last year.

Kinderman says vehicles are made safer these days and more people are wearing their seatbelts. Still, he wants to see more progress.

“Our goal would be zero traffic fatalities, but any decrease is obviously something we’re looking for,” he said.

That’s why Wisconsin State Patrol is making safer roads a priority. Troopers are cracking down on distracted drivers, especially ones using their cell phones.

“At speeds of 55 or 70 miles an hour, it only takes a second for a distracted driver to cause a crash,” Kinderman said.

Troopers are also focusing on campaigns like “Click It or Ticket” and “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”