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Wisconsin traffic toll for 2021 already ahead of last year’s pace

Brad Williams

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Will the coldest weather of the winter in Wisconsin make highways safer for the next week or so? 

Transportation experts might be hoping that traffic will be reduced during the cold spell. 

The statewide highway death toll for this January was 34, compared to 24 a year ago. 

January was the safest month in 2020, in a year where the Wisconsin death toll almost reached 600. 

La Crosse County has had no fatal crashes yet in 2021.  Forest County was the only Wisconsin county with no traffic deaths last year. 

The 2020 death toll of 598 was the state’s highest in at least five years, which experts say was partly because of speeding and distracted driving.   

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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