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DOT: Wisconsin traffic deaths up 50% in May

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin traffic deaths went up by 50 percent in May, compared to the same month a year ago.  

Preliminary figures from the DOT show that 48 people lost their lives in state crashes last month -- up from 32 in May of last year.

Still, fatalities are lot lower than they used to be. The state's record for May was 123 traffic deaths in 1968.  

11 people died in crashes during the Memorial Day weekend period. 8 were recorded at the same time in 2013.  

For the first five months of this year, 164 people died in Wisconsin traffic accidents -- one fewer than last year, and 22 less than the five-year average.  

18 motorcycle drivers are included in this year's death toll, along with two motorcycle passengers, 18 pedestrians, and one bicyclist.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)