LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) -- Although last month was tied for the tenth safest month of June in terms of traffic deaths since World War II, the number of fatalities for the first six months of this year was still approximately 15 percent higher than during the same period last year.
According to preliminary statistics from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT), 266 people have died on Wisconsin roads in 2012 as of June 30, including 42 motorcycle operators, five motorcycle passengers, 16 pedestrians, and three bicyclists. That compares with 230 traffic fatalities during the same period last year. Traffic fatalities at the end of June also were one more than the five-year average for the first six months of the year.
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