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November traffic deaths lowest since WWII


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin had 36 traffic deaths in November – the lowest for the month since World War II.

That’s according to preliminary data released Thursday by the state DOT.

There were 16 fewer deaths last month than the previous November – and it was 13 less than the average for the past five years.

Four people died in Thanksgiving weekend crashes in Wisconsin. That’s one fewer than a year ago, with about the same volume of traffic.

The DOT reported 569 traffic deaths in the state for the first 11 months of the year – about 11 percent more than a year ago. There’s been a 34 percent increase in motorcycle and pedestrian deaths, due mainly to an earlier than normal spring and warmer fall.

State Patrol Major Sandra Huxtable said too many people were killed because they were not wearing their seat belts.

Starting Friday, the DOT is waging a crackdown on unbelted motorists and drunk drivers as part of its “Booze and Belts” campaign that runs through December 16th.