We were just a little bit safer on the roads in 2014. The final numbers are in and there were 591 deaths on Wisconsin roads in 2014 – that’s the lowest total since 1943 when we had 417 people died in crashes. That is also the first time that the number was under 500 since 1943.
A few factors lead to the lower number, including the fact that nearly 85% of all drivers and passengers in Wisconsin now regularly use their safety belts – that number is still a bit below the national average of 87%. Wisconsin has also recently implemented more programs to deter drunk driving and speeding. Additionally, David Pabst, director of the WisDOT Bureau of Transportation Safety says that “Engineering advancements have made the vehicles we drive and the roads we drive on much safer.”