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Wisconsin traffic deaths are down so far this year

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APPLETON (AP) -- Wisconsin road deaths are on the decline again in 2014.

The Post-Crescent Media reports 215 people have died in traffic crashes as of June 30, compared to 226 on the same date in 2013. Last year 527 people died on Wisconsin's roadways, a major decline from the 601 fatalities in 2012.

Donald Lyden, safety research analyst with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, attributed the decline to improvements and upgrades to Wisconsin highways, a focus by law enforcement on arresting drunken drivers, citing speeders and an ongoing emphasis on safety campaigns and programs.

But he says summer months are the usually the worst for fatalities, because people are driving faster.

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