November highway deaths down in state

Last month, 53 people died in 46 Wisconsin traffic crashes, which made it the fourth safest month of November in terms of traffic deaths since World War II, according to preliminary statistics from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

The safest November occurred last year with 41 traffic fatalities, and the deadliest November was in 1973 with 110 fatalities.

Traffic fatalities in November also were five less than the five-year average of 58 deaths during the month of November.

Twelve people died on Wisconsin roads during the Thanksgiving holiday period from Wednesday, Nov. 25, to midnight on Sunday, Nov. 29. Last year, nine people died in traffic crashes during the Thanksgiving period.

As of the end of November, 501 people have died in Wisconsin traffic crashes, including 76 motorcycle drivers, eight motorcycle passengers, 32 pedestrians and seven bicyclists. Traffic deaths through November were down 41 compared with the same period in 2008 and down 166 compared with the five-year average.


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