Wisconsin traffic deaths are down 15 percent in the last six months compared to the same time last year, and are lower than the five-year average.
Department of Transportation spokesman Rob Miller called the decrease good news, noting that it means that motorists are practicing responsible behavior like buckling up and driving sober.
However, Miller says the decreased number of deaths is still too many. He says that a variety of factors encourage people to drive safely, including public education and law enforcement. He also says that with the holiday weekend usually being a peak traffic period, the department hopes that drivers stay focused and be careful.