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Last month tied for second lowest traffic fatality total for the month of June

Last month was tied for the second safest month of June in terms of traffic deaths in Wisconsin since World War II. A total of 52 people died in 50 traffic crashes in June, according to preliminary statistics from the Wisconsin Department of Tran...

Last month was tied for the second safest month of June in terms of traffic deaths in Wisconsin since World War II. A total of 52 people died in 50 traffic crashes in June, according to preliminary statistics from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT). The safest month of June since World War II was in 1946 with 45 traffic deaths, and the deadliest June was in 1956 with 115 fatalities.

Traffic fatalities in June were three fewer than in June 2010 and eight fewer than the five-year average for the month of June. As of June 30, a total of 233 people have died in Wisconsin traffic crashes during 2011, including 29 motorcycle drivers, three motorcycle passengers, and 22 pedestrians. Traffic deaths through June were 18 fewer than during the same period in 2010 and 50 fewer than the five-year average.

"A major reason for the reduction in traffic deaths so far this year is a significant decline in motorcycle crash fatalities. By the end of June, there were 32 motorcylists' deaths compared with 46 at the same time last year, which is more than a 30 percent decline," said Randy Romanski of the WisDOT Bureau of Transportation Safety. "The keys to reducing motorcylists' deaths and injuries are rider education and motorist awareness. To reach out to motorcyclists around the state and encourage them to enroll in rider training, the WisDOT's Motorcycle Safety Program has hit the road this riding season with its new mobile training facility--called THE REF, which stands for Transportable High-End Rider Education Facility. Built with federal funding, the 40-foot-long REF trailer is more than just a classroom; it is an interactive learning environment for both riders and non-riders to learn more about sharing the road, crash avoidance and awareness of traffic and road hazards."

To see THE REF, visit the WisDOT website, www.dot.state.wi.us/ .

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