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October 17, 2014

Traffic crashes killed 28 teenagers and injured over 5,000 more last year in Wisconsin. To help prevent deaths and injuries among young drivers, Governor Walker has proclaimed next week (Oct. 19 to 25) as “Teen Driver Safety Week” in Wisconsin. Teens are at greater risk for crashes because they have less experience behind the wheel, tend to drive aggressively and are easily distracted by passengers and electronic devices. Wisconsin’s Graduated Driver License law restricts the hours and number of teen passengers for new drivers as they gain driving experience. Audio

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The arrival of fall means later sunrises and earlier sunsets. It also means motorists need to be especially alert for pedestrians and bicyclists who are more numerous now that school is in full swing. Walkers, joggers, and bikers can do their part by being especially alert at intersections, wearing reflective clothing and carrying lights to increase their visibility during low-light conditions. So far this year in Wisconsin, 27 pedestrians and three bicyclists have been killed in traffic crashes.

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Next week (Oct. 19 to 25), inspectors with the Wisconsin State Patrol will join their counterparts across North America as part of “Operation Safe Driver” that emphasizes the safe interaction of commercial motor vehicles and other motorists. Along with ensuring large truck operators are properly licensed and have their log books in good order, State Patrol inspectors will keep a sharp eye on all motorists as they interact with large trucks — looking for speeders, tailgaters and impaired drivers. Last year in Wisconsin, there were over 7,000 crashes involving large trucks that resulted in 85 fatalities and more than 2,000 injuries. Audio

 

For more information, contact:

Rob Miller, WisDOT Office of Public Affairs
(608) 266-2405, robert.miller@dot.wi.gov


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