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Officials report fewer crashes on area roads this holiday weekend

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Law enforcement agencies in central Wisconsin said even though more people have been hitting the road for the holiday weekend, it's been relatively safe.

"It seems like it's about the same as like I said, as every other weekend," said Lt. Frank Hanousek, Marathon County Sheriff's Department.

In Marathon County, sheriff's officials said the exception, a fatal crash in Rothschild on July 4th, where a truck and motorcycle collided, killing a Kronenwetter man.

In Portage and Wood counties, officials reported only a few minor crashes in the last few days, and the trend continues.

State Patrol officials said compared to last year's July 4th holiday weekend, they've seen fewer accidents on our highways in central Wisconsin.

"Comparing last year's numbers over a ten day period during the 4th of July holiday to this year, same time frame, it appears that right now we're on pace to be slightly below the number of crashes that we had last year," said Sgt. Robert Hartson, Wisconsin State Patrol.

Officers said they don't know why this year has been safer than others, but they said the danger isn't over.

Sunday is often the busiest travel day during the holiday weekend.

"Now that the weather is cooperating, people want to get out on the highway and do some traveling and vacationing," said Sgt. Hartson.

State Patrol officials said they'll be stepping up patrols to keep people safe. That means 15 to 20 officers monitoring area highways.

"We have additional people on the road during that timeframe to make sure people are driving safely and getting where they need to go," said Sgt. Hartson.

As many people head home after the long weekend.

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