July marks the second lowest traffic fatalities month since 1937

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July 2014 marked a low fatality month for Wisconsin roads.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, last month 39 traffic deaths occurred, making it the second lowest number of traffic deaths in the state since 1937.

That’s 18 fewer deaths than July 2013 and 19 fewer than the five-year average for the month of July.

As of July 31, a total of 252 people died in Wisconsin traffic crashes in 2014, including 38 motorcycle drivers, four motorcycle passengers, 21 pedestrians and two bicyclists.

Wisconsin’s all-time safest month regarding traffic fatalities was July 1943 with 34 fatalities, while the deadliest months of July were 1966 and 1971 with 140 fatalities.

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