3/4/17 – Wisconsin traffic deaths took a big drop in February, despite the fact that lots of people hit the road to enjoy record warm weather. Preliminary numbers from the state D-O-T show that 34 people were killed in state crashes last month, 21 fewer than the same month in 2016. The drop in fatalities occurred even though there was busy highway traffic on weekends during the warmest February on record in both Madison and Milwaukee. Seven pedestrians were among those killed last month, when temperatures hit 70 degrees in some areas during the weekend after Valentine’s Day. For 2017 as a whole, 70 traffic deaths were reported throughout Wisconsin in the first two months, 15 fewer than last year but one higher than the average for the past five years. In Dodge County, there have been two traffic fatalities this year; both occurred in February.