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36 traffic deaths in January


MADISON (WKOW) -- In January 2011, 36 people died in 34 traffic crashes in Wisconsin, that's according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT).

Last month was tied for the eighth safest month of January in terms of traffic deaths since World War II.  The safest month of January was in 2010 with 20 traffic fatalities. The deadliest January was in 1964 with 82 deaths.

WisDot says as of the end of January 2011, 25 drivers, five passengers and six pedestrians have died from traffic crashes.

Transportation officials say to help prevent traffic crashes, drivers need to slow down, pay attention and allow enough space to avoid a crash. They say avoiding distractions like using a cell phone, writing a text message or eating a meal while driving is critical during the winter because snow, ice, sleet and other inclement weather reduces your visibility and your vehicles traction.


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