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January traffic deaths fewer than 2012

7:46 PM, Feb. 6, 2013  |  Comments
A January 8, 2013 accident scene on Highway 45 in Appleton.
A January 8, 2013 accident scene on Highway 45 in Appleton.
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In January, 40 people died in 39 traffic crashes in Wisconsin, according to preliminary statistics from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

As of Feb. 3, no traffic fatalities were reported in Marathon or Lincoln Counties since the beginning of the year. Milwaukee County reported the highest number, with seven fatalities in January.

Statewide, traffic deaths last month were four fewer than last January and three more than the five-year average for the month of January. Traffic fatalities in January included 31 drivers, four passengers and four pedestrians. The role of one fatality has not yet been determined.

The safest month of January in terms of traffic fatalities occurred in 2010 with 20 deaths, and the deadliest January was in 1964 with 82 fatalities.

"Traffic deaths last year increased about 6 percent from the previous year. As we begin 2013, the Wisconsin DOT and our traffic safety partners are committed to reversing that tragic trend," said State Patrol Major Sandra Huxtable, director of the Wisconsin Bureau of Transportation Safety.

In 2012, 17 people were killed in Marathon County crashes, while Lincoln County had five fatalities.

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