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Wisconsin traffic deaths down, but Minnesota’s seem to be rising

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If people are supposed to stay home and avoid travel, why are traffic deaths higher than usual in this part of the country? 

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that since March 16, when Minnesota’s governor ordered shutdowns of bars and restaurants, 24 fatal crashes have occurred in the state, double the number of fatal accidents which happened in Minnesota during the same period last year. 

The Minnesota State Patrol says troopers are seeing less traffic than normal, but there’s an increase in drivers going too fast. 

Wisconsin also is seeing some increases in traffic deaths.  The state had 33 traffic deaths in March, compared to 27 during the same month of 2019. 

But Wisconsin’s 88 deaths during the first three months of 2020 equal the total recorded just during the first two months in 2018.         

The traffic death total in Wisconsin for the first three months of 2020 is at its lowest level in at least five years, and no crash deaths have been reported yet this year in La Crosse County.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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  1. George Caplan

    April 10, 2020 at 6:30 am

    Hmmm, shut down public transportation and lay people off what do you think is going to happen

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