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Traffic deaths down sharply

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)  Despite a warm September, Wisconsin recorded its fewest traffic deaths for the month since the mid-1940's. According to preliminary figures from the state D-O-T, 46 people were killed in traffic accidents last month -- 33 fewer than last September, and 12 less than the average for the past five years.

For the first nine months of the year, 396 people have died in Wisconsin highway crashes -- 80 fewer than in 2012, when winter ended a lot earlier than it did this year. That's why motorcycle deaths are down 26-percent for the first nine months of 2013.

With warm weather continuing, officials urge both bikers and other drivers to be careful -- especially as more deer begin to emerge on the highways. Last year motorcycles were involved in all but one of the state's 14 traffic deaths in which deer were hit.