Wisconsin DOT plans more safety campaigns after rise in highway deaths
Last January was the safest month on Wisconsin highways in the past 5 years, with only 24 traffic deaths.
But the rest of 2020 didn’t follow that trend, and the year-end death toll of 593 was the second-highest in 5 years.
Reckless driving habits are being blamed for the rise in deadly crashes, including distracted driving by people using their cellphones.
That’s one habit which state transportation secretary Craig Thompson wants drivers to break, especially drivers in their late teens and 20’s, along with people driving in construction zones.
The state’s traffic toll for 2020 was 593, compared to 550 in the previous year.
The fewest traffic deaths for any month last year was 24 in January, while Wisconsin’s three deadliest months on the road were the warm-weather months of June, July, and September, with deaths in the 70’s for each of those months.