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7 pedestrians killed in Wis. crashes so far

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MADISON (WAOW) – Seven pedestrians have been killed in traffic crashes in Wisconsin so far this winter, including three hit while walking on a roadway after their vehicle had crashed or slid off the road in bad weather, the state Department of Transportation reported Thursday.

The seven deaths are double the number at the same time a year ago, said David Pabst, director of the DOT's bureau of transportation safety.

Traffic safety experts advise people to stay in their vehicle with the seat belt buckled if they run off the road or are involved in a crash and wait until law enforcement arrives, Pabst said.

Being outside a vehicle provides little or no protection against other vehicles that can slide out of control on slippery roads, he said.

In January, 32 people died in crashes on Wisconsin highways and roads, down 11 from a year ago and four fewer than the five-year average, Pabst said.

The safest January on Wisconsin roadways was in 2010 with 20 deaths and the deadliest January occurred in 1964 when 82 people died, the DOT said.

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