If you are like most people in Wisconsin, you are very conscious about your safety and the safety of your passengers and other motorists when you drive. In seeing so many new safety features being added to new vehicles, you might believe that the emphasis on safety is something that is growing among all drivers. Unfortunately, there are still many people who refuse to give up their reckless ways.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 613 vehicular fatalities in Wisconsin in 2017. Of those, 190 occurred in crashes in which alcohol was a factor. That means that nearly 31 percent of all deaths in car accidents statewide that year were attributed to drunk driving. Speeding was associated with 180 of the fatalities which represents more than 29 percent of the total.
In Douglas County, seven out of 22 deaths between 2013 and 2017 involved drinking and driving. Speeding was also a cited factor in seven deaths in the county during those five years. In Douglas, Bayfield, Burnett, Washburn and Sawyer Counties together, 36 people lost their lives in drunk driving accidents in this timeframe. A total of 89 vehicular fatalities occurred in these five counties and 36 of those deaths involved excess speed. Despite improved vehicle safety and strong laws, too many drivers refuse to make safe choices leaving innocent people at risk.
This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is instead meant to give residents in Northern Wisconsin an idea of how many fatal motor vehicle accidents in their region are caused at least in part by the negligent choices and actions of other drivers.