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State traffic deaths down 30 percent

Wisconsin traffic deaths are down 30 percent so far this year. The Department of Transportation said 137 people have died in state crashes as of Monday.

That's down from 188 at the same time last year, and 199 as the average for the past five years.

Safety chief Dennis Hughes credits a rough winter and record-high gas prices - both of which have discouraged folks from hitting the road.

They've also made drivers slow down when they do go out.

In 2007, 743 people were killed in Wisconsin highway mishaps. The modern day record low is 645 in 1992 - which also had a severe winter.