More people are dying on Wisconsin roads this year. The DOT says 135 people have been killed so far in 2015, which is up 32 percent from a year ago.
David Pabst, DOT Director of Transportation Safety, says the nicer weather, and lower gas prices, are playing a role in the increase. He says distracted driving is also a major issue, as more people use their cell phones while behind the wheel.
Last year was the safest on record on Wisconsin roads since World War II, so the jump is not a complete surprise to state transportation officials. Still, the the agency is trying to get the word out for drivers to pay attention on the roads by using electronic message signs that are along highways.