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Traffic deaths in Wisconsin at lowest level since 1944

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin traffic deaths last year were the lowest in almost 70 years.  

Preliminary figures from the DOT show that 527 people died on state roads in 2013 -- the lowest since 1944, when 526 people were killed.  

Last year's deaths were 12 percent fewer than in 2012. And they were 44 less than the average for the past five years of 571 deaths per annum.  

State Transportation Secretary Mark Gottlieb gave motorists the biggest credit for the drop in highway deaths. He said more motorists buckled up, drove sober, slowed down, and paid more attention to the roads.  

Gottlieb also cited better enforcement, education, and road engineering.  

The number of passenger deaths in Wisconsin dropped by 41 last year, to 83. Motorcycle deaths dropped by 28 percent to 84, due mainly to a shorter riding season caused by a late spring last year.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)