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DOT: February sets record for safe highways

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MADISON (WAOW) – Brutally cold weather and snow storms helped contribute to the fewest traffic fatalities on Wisconsin roads and highways in February since records started being kept in 1937, the state Transportation Department reported Wednesday.

The agency said 21 people died in crashes, five fewer than a year ago in February and nine fewer than the five-year average.

With the frigid temperatures and snow storms last month, people reduced their driving, which helped curtail serious traffic crashes,” David Pabst, director of the Bureau of Transportation Safety, said in a statement.

The deadliest February was 1968 with 73 fatalities, the DOT said.

Through the first two months of 2014, 56 people have died in crashes, 13 fewer than a year ago and nine fewer than the five-year average, DOT said.

The fatalities this year include nine pedestrians.

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