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The number of people killed on Wisconsin streets and highways in May was the second lowest for the month since the end of World War II, officials said.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation released traffic fatality figures on Monday, showing 45 people died in crashes in May, 10 fewer than May of 2016 and three less than the five-year average.

The deadliest May in Wisconsin was in 1968 when 123 people were killed in crashes, and the safest May was in 2013 when 32 people were killed.

"As we enter the heavily-traveled summer months, when traffic crashes, injuries and deaths typically increase, we are asking all motorists to slow down, buckle up, eliminate distractions and driver sober and alert," said David Pabst, director of the Bureau of Transportation Safety.

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In the first five months of 2017, 203 people have been killed in crashes, 13 fewer than the first five months of 2016 but 13 deaths above the five-year average.

The 203 deaths include 27 pedestrians and 13 motorcycle riders.

"Nationally, at least 90 percent of traffic crashes are the result of motorists making bad decisions or practicing dangerous driving behaviors," Pabst said.

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