Wisconsin Traffic Deaths Increase in 2007

The state Department of Transportation says 739 people died in traffic crashes on Wisconsin roads and highways in 2007.

That's up slightly from a year ago when crashes killed 712 people but still significantly below the five-year average of 788 fatalities.

According to preliminary reports, the deaths last year included 111 motorcycle riders, or 18 more than in 2006.

The fewest traffic fatalities in Wisconsin in modern times occurred in 1992, with 645 deaths.

So far, 2008 is off to a much safer start than 2007. The Transportation Department reports there has been one traffic fatality as of Wednesday morning, compared with seven at the same time a year ago.


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  • by luziana gurl Location: louisiana on Jan 2, 2008 at 08:49 PM
    ME AND MY DAUGHTER WENT TO WISCONSIN FOR XMAS, XMAS EVE A WOMAN BACKED INTO ME AT WALMART IN PLATTVILLE AND LEFT THE SCENE. THANK GOD IT WAS AN INSURED RENTAL, BUT I WAS DISGUSTINGLY HORRIFIED TO FIND OUT IT IS NOT MANDATORY INSURANCE STATE! AND THE DRIVERS IN THE DENSE FOG THAT DIDN'T HAVE NOT ONE LIGHT ON THEIR VEHICLES..I WAS A NERVOUS WRECK. THIS STATE HAS TO CHANGE INSURANCE LAWS ESPECIALLY IN THE WINTER CONDITIONS. IT'S IS UNTHINKABLE NOT TO BE BEHIND THE WHEEL OF A POTENTIAL DEATH MACHINE AND NOT BE INSURED. NEEDLESS TO SAY I WILL NEVER NEVER GO BACK NORTH IN THE WINTER TIME. AND TO SEE THEM W/O ANY LIGHTS IN THAT DENSE FOG, I WAS P**SED! AND TO THE LADY THAT LEFT THE SCENE OF THE ACCIDENT IN WALMART.....WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND WITCH. BUT THEY KNOW WHO U ARE THANKS TO A WITNESS THAT SAW IT AND GOT YOUR TAG NUMBER. PLEASE WISCONSIN CHANGE YOUR INSURANCE LAW FOR AUTOMOBILES. THIS IS ABSOLUTELY ABSURD. THEY NEED TO USE FOG LIGHTS AND SLOW THE HELL DOWN IN THAT SNOW AND ICE.
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