Dennis Hughes, Chief of Safety Programs for the Wisconsin State Patrol, says there were fewer traffic fatalities last month since the state Department of Transportation began keeping track 70 years ago. Hughes says 27 fatalities occurred in 26 crashes.
Hughes attributes several factors to the low number. During wintery conditions less people are out including drivers, pedestrians, motorcyclists and bicyclists. Also people tend to drive slower on snowy, slick roads meaning collisions aren't as severe when they occur.
But along with upcoming warm weather that will likely change. More people will be out and motorists will be driving faster.
"But it's really a return of bare pavement and we'll see travel speeds start to pick up again with the driving conditions improve and speed does kill."
He offers the classic advice for drivers: buckle up, slow down and don't drink and drive.