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2013 could be safest year in decades on Wisconsin roads

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MADISON (WKOW) -- With just a handful of days left in the year, 2013 is on pace to be one of the safest on Wisconsin roads.

Preliminary figures from the state Department of Transportation show 519 people have died in Wisconsin car crashes through Sunday.

Press-Gazette Media notes that number is below last year's total of 601, as well as the annual average of 571.

The year could rival 2009, which was the safest year on Wisconsin roads since World War II with 542 crash deaths.

Police attribute 2013's lower numbers to increased enforcement, as well as continued education on seat belt use and drunk driving.

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