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Congress selects April as month to focus on distracted driving

It's so easy to do. You get a call on your phone and you look away from the road to check the number. Maybe you drop a map and reach behind a seat to retrieve it. Perhaps you use your rear-view mirror to apply some last minute makeup or style your hair. As a general rule, anytime your full attention is diverted from driving on the road, you are considered a distracted driver. According to director of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, people still do all of those things and much worse. Despite laws against texting and talking on phones, people still engage in all manner of distractions when behind the wheel.

A sheriff in Dodge County, Wisconsin, says that a person's chances of being involved in a serious crash go up four times when they use handheld devices. Even more sobering are the statistics she offered from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. According to those numbers, 3,328 people perished in 2012 as a result of distracted driving and a whopping 421,000 more were injured. Those grim numbers are likely to keep going up unless we do something to reverse that trend. Here are a few tips to remain focused when you're on the road:

Wisconsin woman gets five years in bicycle fatality

A 28-year-old Cadott woman was recently sentenced to five years in prison and five of extended supervision once released. She was found guilty of the 2013 death of a Stanley dentist who was killed while riding his bicycle when the woman plowed into him at the intersection of 100th Avenue and County G.

The judge refused to refer to the deadly incident as an accident, insisting that it be called a homicide, as the woman was drunk at the time of the 5:24 a.m. impact after a night of celebrating at a local bar.

2 Milwaukee men injured in truck accident

According to the Walworth County Sheriff's Office, two Milwaukee men suffered injuries in an accident involving a truck and a semi-truck at the intersection of Walworth Avenue and U.S. Highway 12. As a result of the accident, the roadway was shut down for approximately three hours.

An initial investigation by deputies revealed that the semi-truck neglected to yield to an oncoming vehicle while making a left hand turn. The 43-year-old man driving the 2012 Freightliner semi-truck was traveling east on U.S. Highway 12. The other driver involved in the truck accident was a 52-year-old man. He was traveling west on U.S. Highway 12 in a 1998 Ford Econoline E-350 with a 33-year-old passenger.

Manitowoc, Wisconsin, semi crash ends tragically

Recently, a 26-year-old man who was originally from Seattle, Washington, was struck and killed by a semi-truck in Manitowoc. According to the Manitowoc County Sheriff's Office, the tractor-trailer hit the man just south of the city of Manitowoc on Highway 43. It is described as a semi-pedestrian collision, which occurred north of Silver Creek Road in the southbound lane. It is unclear from the report whether the man was walking along the side of the highway when the accident occurred. As might be expected in such collisions, the Manitowoc County Coroner said that the man died from multiple severe traumatic injuries. The coroner also mentioned that they are still awaiting the results of the toxicology reports.

The driver of the truck was not injured in the crash. According to the police statement, the 54-year-old man is from Chilton, Wisconsin. The police say the investigation into the crash is still ongoing. It is unclear from the coroner's report whether the truck driver was asked to submit to toxicology screenings.

Wisconsin man guilty in head-on collision that killed one

A 44-year-old Lemont man pleaded no contest to felony vehicular homicide while intoxicated and a misdemeanor charge of causing injury while operating under the influence.

The Marinette County court found him to be guilty of the charges earlier this month. He remains incarcerated until his sentencing in June. He may receive up to 16 years of prison time followed by a 10-year parole for killing a 21-year-old man last September in a head-on collision.

Milwaukee cracks down with Operation Drive Sober

Law enforcement officials in Milwaukee, just the same as many other cities throughout the country, realize the importance of doing their best to cut down on the number of drunk drivers in the local area. Not only will this cut back on the number of accidents, but it could do the same for on the road injuries and fatalities

According to Milwaukee County Sheriff's officials, its most recent Operation Drive Sober initiative was a success, as it resulted in 14 arrests. Of the 14 people arrested for driving under the influence, four of them were repeat offenders.

Family devastated by Wisconsin man’s drunk driving

Dane County Prosecutors have charged a 47-year-old Fall River, Wisconsin, man with homicide by drunken driving in addition to a slew of other serious offenses after they say he was drunk at the time that he caused an accident. That car accident resulted in the death of one man and serious injuries to three other people.

According to the criminal complaint, the defendant had a blood alcohol level of 0.11 when he ignored a stop sign in the town of York, Wisconsin, at the intersection of Highways TT and 73. As he continued on through the intersection, his Chevy Impala collided with a minivan. The defendant's passenger, a 51-year-old man also from Fall River, perished from the collision. The three occupants of the minivan all survived, yet they each suffered injuries caused by the alleged drunk driver.

Alcohol tied to Wisconsin snowmobile deaths

The warming weather of spring may bring an end to Wisconsin's snowmobiling season, but the injuries from crashes that occurred may linger long past the melting of the snow.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the 2013 - 2014 season saw an uptick in the number of fatal snowmobile crashes in the state, with 23 people killed up from 20 from the prior season. Factors of alcohol intoxication and excessive speed are suspected in 65 percent of the fatal collisions. Statewide, there were 142 accidents with injuries involving snowmobiles.

Drunk driving accident leads to injuries, arrest

Drinking and driving can greatly increase the chance of a car accident, regardless of how many people are on the road or the location. A recent accident near Poynette, Wisconsin, led to two injuries and one person being arrested.

During the early morning hours of Sunday, March 30, a 34-year-old man driving a Toyota Scion was involved in an accident with a 33-year-old woman driving a Toyota Corolla. According to police, the woman's vehicle went into the median and rolled over as a result of the collision. She was immediately taken by Med-Flight to the University of Wisconsin Hospital for the treatment of life threatening injuries.

Wisconsin milk truck accident injuries 3, including 2 children

It only takes a second for an accident to occur. Some are due to impaired or distracted drivers, while other accidents occur because of mechanical problems or inclement weather conditions. In many cases, criminal charges may be filed against a reckless or negligent driver whose actions result in injuries or death. Those who are injured or have lost a loved one due to an at-fault driver's actions have a right to seek compensation for their injuries and losses. This is done through personal injury lawsuits filed in civil courts.

On March 28, a serious truck accident occurred at the intersection of two Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, roads. A mother and her two children were in an SUV, headed north on County Y. A semi-truck carrying milk was traveling east on County FF.

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