WISCONSINREPORT.COM (12/8/07) - Last month was tied for the second safest month of November since World War II with November of 1982, 1998 and 2000. In November of this year (2007), 54 people died in 48 Wisconsin traffic crashes, according to preliminary statistics from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. The lowest total for November occurred in 1981 and 1991 with 50 traffic deaths. The deadliest month of November was in 1973 with 110 traffic deaths. WisconsinReport.com has more.
During the Thanksgiving holiday period, 15 people died in Wisconsin traffic crashes from Wednesday evening, Nov. 21, through Sunday, Nov. 25. Last year, 14 people died during the Thanksgiving period.
As of Nov. 30, a total of 694 people have died in 615 Wisconsin traffic crashes during 2007, including 106 motorcycle drivers, five motorcycle passengers, 10 bicyclists and 49 pedestrians. Traffic deaths through November were 36 more than during the same period in 2006 but 30 fewer than the five-year average.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has some tips for your winter driving safety:
During December, motorists will need to adjust again to driving on ice and snow. Dennis Hughes, chief of safety programs for the Wisconsin State Patrol Bureau of Transportation Safety, says.
ďEven on ice and snow covered roads, traffic crashes are preventable if you donít drive too fast for conditions," Hughes continues.
"Speed limits are set for clear and dry pavement, not for slippery road conditions," Hughes says.
"And four-wheel drive vehicles donít stop any better on ice or snow than other vehicles," Hughes adds.
"To protect yourself and other motorists, you need to slow down and leave plenty of room for vehicles ahead of you," Hughes advises.
"You also need to buckle up in case your vehicle slides off the road or is involved in a crash,Ē Hughes recommends.