2013 One of the Safest Years on Wisconsin Roads - WBAY

2013 One of the Safest Years on Wisconsin Roads

Brown County -

This year is on pace to be one of the safest ever on Wisconsin roads.

According to the Department of Transportation, so far 519 people have died in traffic accidents this year in the state of Wisconsin. That's on track to come in below 2009's figures when 542 traffic deaths were reported in the state, the lowest since World War II.

"I think we're making moves in the right direction and we are seeing and hearing about behavior changes from the community, positively. So, let's hope that continues, but we are not there yet," said Captain Randy Schultz of the Brown County Sheriff's Department.

Law enforcement credits proactive policing with helping to lower the number of deaths on Wisconsin's roads.

"Those traffic safety grants put us in a position to be proactive on those efforts that are literally causing deaths in our community every year that are completely unnecessary and completely preventable," said Captain Schultz.

The Brown County Sheriff's Department says alcohol was involved in 1/3 of the traffic related deaths here in Brown County. They say the OWI Task Force is helping to shrink that number, but all of these accidents could have been prevented.

"It's law enforcement, it's the community all coming together and saying we're tired of this and we want it fixed and we want it changed. I think that's really what's the start of this. We've got a long way to go though," said Captain Schultz.

Law enforcement often sees a spike in traffic deaths at the end of the year, but they're hoping this trend of safer driving in Wisconsin will continue through the new year.

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