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WisDOT Radio Newsline

March 6, 2015

Preliminary data shows 25 people died in Wisconsin traffic crashes last month including 19 drivers, 5 passengers and one bicyclist. The 25 deaths are 5 more than February of last year, but still below the five-year average for the month. The deadliest February occurred in 1968 with 73 fatalities. Through the first two months of this year, 61 people died in Wisconsin traffic crashes, up from the 53 traffic-related deaths during the same period last year. With the official start of spring on March 20, motorists can expect to see more motorcyclists, pedestrians and bicyclists along roadways.


The Wisconsin DOT and National Weather Service are working together to help keep travelers informed about winter storm events. The state’s 511 travel information system, including dynamic message signs along major roadways across the state, will now carry important weather alerts about winter storm warnings and similar events likely to result in hazardous driving conditions. The DOT’s Statewide Traffic Operations Center headquartered in Milwaukee operates 24/7 and works closely with law enforcement and other agencies to provide motorists timely information about traffic incidents, delays, road conditions and more.


It’s time to “spring ahead” this weekend. Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday (3/8) at 2 a.m. Aside from losing an hour of sleep from setting clocks ahead one hour, it means later sunrises and sunsets. For many drivers, it also means driving to work in the dark, requiring special attention around schools and watching for pedestrians who may not be as visible in the early morning light. On the bright side, daylight will remain an hour longer, providing additional visibility for the drive home. Audio


Removing snow, frost and ice from vehicle windows is important for public safety, and it’s required by state law. Failing to keep windows “reasonably clean” can result in a $175 fine and assessment of two demerit points. Officials with the Wisconsin State Patrol say it’s also a good idea to brush snow off your vehicle’s hood, roof and trunk — since snow blowing off your vehicle when traveling can obscure your vision or impact other motorists. If you’re traveling down the highway and notice snow or ice coming off another vehicle in front of you, give it some extra room and consider changing lanes if possible. Audio

For more information, contact:

Rob Miller, WisDOT Office of Public Affairs
(608) 266-2405,

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