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Wisconsin traffic deaths on the decline

Motor vehicle accidents of all kinds are common throughout the state of Wisconsin. This includes situations in which two or more vehicles collide, as well as when a pedestrian is struck. Fortunately for the state as a whole, traffic fatalities continue to decline, reaching levels that have not been experienced since 1944.

In 2013, traffic fatalities reached their lowest mark since the end of the second World War. And according to data from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, 2014 is off to an even better start, with accidents declining five percent through the first six months of the year, when compared to last year.

Police hope new boat will reduce recreational vehicle accidents

Now that summer is in full swing, Wisconsin natives have started flocking to area rivers and lakes. The added influx of traffic to the waterways naturally increases the odds that some of these outdoor enthusiasts might engage in some unsafe or even illegal activities.

To combat those problems, the police department of the town of Beloit, Wisconsin, is now deploying a police boat in order to keep an eye on the water. The Beloit Police Department recently received a grant from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, which enabled the agency to purchase a 2014 Lund 1800 Alaskan dual console boat. An officer with the police department says that now they have a way to patrol the seven-mile section of the Rock River that flows through the township's jurisdiction.

Alcohol blamed for fatal recreational vehicle accident on lake

An area real-estate agent is facing serious charges after a boating accident that left a 33-year-old woman dead. The recreational vehicle accident occurred on July 16, when a speedboat collided with the sailboat on which she was riding. The operator of the faster boat has been taken into custody; alcohol is thought to have been a factor in the crash.

The defendant, age 46, was arrested during the early morning hours on July 17. He has not yet been identified because a probable-cause hearing has not been held. However, investigators say that they believe alcohol contributed to the collision, as the man was behaving in a manner consistent with intoxication.

Proposal for new trails may lead to more bicycle accidents

Wisconsin has an announced new plans to increase the number of bicycle routes and paths throughout the state. Beginning in November, the Department of Transportation will be teaming up with the Department of Natural Resources and a bicycle advocacy group known as the Wisconsin Bike Fed to roll out a new comprehensive bicycle plan.

The group hopes to design and create a new series of bicycle routes and other cycling core doors between urban areas and the pre-existing bicycle paths. The overall concept is to increase the number of bike friendly routes throughout the state. A spokesperson for Wisconsin bike Fed says that the state already has the third largest number of off-road trails in the nation. He credits Wisconsin's dairy industry and the states early push towards building infrastructure as providing a good base of paved roadways which can serve as links to bicycle paths.

Driver who killed 2 in truck accident gets suspended sentence

A Wisconsin truck driver who caused a fatal accident in Indiana in January 2013 has received a prison sentence of eight years, along with a six-year probation term. Seven years of the man's prison term have been suspended, which means that he will only serve less than a year behind bars in connection with the crash; he gets credit for time served. The man will also be required to complete 200 hours of community service and will be subject to a 10-year license suspension. The man pleaded guilty to 12 charges in connection with the truck accident in May, according to official reports.

Authorities say that the at-fault driver killed two victims when he failed to slow for a traffic light. The man rammed into the rear end of five vehicles that had been waiting at a red light; the signal had just turned green when he plowed into the victims' cars. The traffic signal had been red for nearly a minute before the crash occurred.

Milwaukee woman files lawsuit related to car accident

A Milwaukee woman who was involved in a car accident with a deputy has decided to file a civil rights lawsuit.

The woman claims that a Milwaukee County Deputy ran a stop sign last year, subsequently striking her vehicle. As a result of the car accident, she suffered a fractured neck, with a passenger being injured as well.

Riders: Motorcycle accidents exacerbated by barriers

Reports from Wisconsin’s neighboring state of Illinois show that residents there are dissatisfied with the condition of state highways, which they blame for a number of motorcycle accidents. Drivers, including some from Wisconsin, say they are worried about the barrier system that has been installed along medians on Illinois’ highways. Although the systems are designed to prevent injuries in motorcycle accidents and other wrecks, advocates say that they are too dangerous and should be removed.

Additional concern came to light after a recent crash on Interstate 55 on July 6. A 48-year-old man and his 35-year-old female passenger both died while attempting to negotiate slowing traffic. The driver lost control of the motorcycle, sliding onto the left shoulder and into median wires alongside the road. Although the barrier system is effective when considering larger vehicles, motorcycle riders say they live in fear because of the guide wires. One rider even called the barrier system “a cheese grater for motorcyclists,” emphasizing the fact that the guide wires are located too close to the shoulder of the road.

Milwaukee man pleads guilty in fatal drunk driving crash

A Milwaukee man whose longtime girlfriend had a restraining order against him since 2012 somehow ended up in a bar with her last December and later left her behind in a car after he crashed it into another vehicle later the same night.

According to a Dec. 16, 2013 article in the “Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal-Sentinel” about a week after the crash, the 33-year-old woman was killed. It was also reported that, according to law enforcement, the man had never been issued a Wisconsin driver’s license.

Victim in police car accident files civil rights suit

A Wisconsin woman who was wrongfully accused of driving while intoxicated after she was injured in a car accident has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office. The victim reportedly broke her neck in the car accident, which occurred in February 2013. She contends that a sheriff’s deputy smashed into her vehicle and then lied about the collision.

Reports show that the woman was injured when the deputy allegedly disobeyed a stop sign and crashed into her sedan. The woman’s vehicle spun violently, striking a tree in the median of the road. She needed surgery to fuse her spine together after breaking her neck in four places, and a passenger in that vehicle suffered a lacerated spleen.

3 injured in pedestrian accident near country music festival

A 23-year-old man and two others were struck by a pickup truck while walking to an outdoor concert in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The 23-year-old man from Wautoma, Wisconsin, was seriously injured in the crash. First responders evacuated the victim by air to Neenah hospital. He was later taken to another medical facility, where his condition is listed as critical. The other two victims suffered less severe injuries. Police say they were taken to the hospital and released shortly thereafter.

According to police, the accident happened around 10:00 p.m. on the evening of June 24. The trio of concertgoers were in the area near Ford Festival Field at the time of the incident. Oshkosh Police say the festivities for an event named Country USA were drawing to a close when the pickup truck collided with the pedestrians along South Washburn Avenue. It is not clear whether the victims were leaving the concert when they were struck.

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