May marked a dangerous month on Wisconsin’s highways.
According to the state DOT, 63 people were killed last month in 58 traffic crashes throughout Wisconsin. Dennis Hughes, head of Transportation Safety for the State Patrol, says it was one of the deadliest months in the state in quite some time.
Fatalities last month were up 15 from May of 2009, and five more than the five-year average for the state. Hughes says it’s not unusual for this time of year though, because so many more people are back on the roads.
Hughes says motorcycle accidents remains a top concern for the agency, with 28 drivers and passengers killed last month. The DOT is continuing efforts to educate riders about safety.
The Memorial Day weekend alone claimed the lives of 11 people on Wisconsin roads.