Wisconsin saw a drop in traffic deaths in November to 46. That compares to 75 fatalities in November 2016.
The latest figure is also below the state’s five-year average for the month of November, which is 53 deaths, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
So far, the state has seen five fewer traffic deaths from January through November, for a total of 555, compared to the same period last year.
The state is gearing up for tougher traffic enforcement over the holidays to prevent impaired driving. Starting December 15, law enforcement agencies will patrol in larger numbers for longer hours as part of the state’s Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, which goes through New Year’s Day, WisDOT says.
“To help ensure a safe and happy holiday season, we need all travelers to do their part,” said David Pabst, director of WisDOT’s Bureau of Transportation Safety. “Drivers should make sure everyone in their vehicle is buckled up, watch their speed and the weather conditions, put away the phone and stay focused on the roadway.”