2021 visitors fatalities in Dane Co. already at file excessive
Thus far, 35 folks have died on Dane County roadways this yr.
MADISON, Wis. — Thirty-five folks have died in Dane County crashes to date this yr, setting a brand new county file for visitors fatalities.
That’s in keeping with a brand new report shared Tuesday by the Dane County Visitors Security Fee, which mentioned the variety of visitors deaths to date this yr has already handed 2020’s complete. Greater than 75% of visitors deaths this yr occurred within the months of April, Might, June and July.
“That is a right away public well-being problem in relation to visitors security,” mentioned Sgt. Dennis Sieren, Dane County Sheriff’s Workplace and co-chair of the Dane County TSC. “We’re extraordinarily involved concerning the rising variety of fatalities, regardless of native efforts to enhance security. Too many space households have misplaced a pal or beloved one below tragic circumstances that would have been prevented.”
Seven of this yr’s deadly crashes have concerned pedestrians, which TSC officers mentioned is unusually excessive. Of these, six have been in Madison (5 of which occurred on the East Washington Avenue hall), and one was in Solar Prairie.
The report is famous that greater than half of the deadly crashes concerned a driver driving inebriated or different medication.
Cheryl Wittke, TSC co-chair and govt director of Protected Communities of Madison – Dane County mentioned the rise in deadly crashes could also be a consequence of differing driving habits as extra drivers return to the roads.
“We’re undecided why the numerous improve in fatalities. One concept entails how the conduct of drivers modified in the course of the top of the pandemic final yr,” Wittke mentioned. “Car quantity was down considerably, and drivers elevated pace. Maybe some drivers accustomed to fewer automobiles on the roads haven’t adjusted their pace and totally resumed defensive driving expertise as roads grew to become extra congested.”
In response to the report, rushing was a consider eight of the crashes. There have been 12 speed-related fatalities in all of 2020, which was greater than double the quantity in 2019.
“The widespread denominator for many crashes is dangerous driver conduct,” Sieren mentioned. “Everybody must be extra conscious of their environment and extra vigilant about security threats.”
Final yr, metropolis leaders introduced the town’s Imaginative and prescient Zero initiative, which set an objective of getting zero visitors fatalities by the yr 2030. Within the wake of the latest sequence of deadly crashes on East Washington Avenue, Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway mentioned she’s “fed up” with drivers breaking visitors’ legal guidelines on the Japanese hall.
The Imaginative and prescient Zero imitative contains measures like lowering pace limits, rising visibility for crosswalks, and rising visitors enforcement. Just some months after the initiative was introduced, the town lowered the pace restriction on elements of East Washington Avenue to 25mph.