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Less people on Wis. roads for the 4th, fewer died in fatal traffic crashes first half of 2013

AAA of Michigan's Holiday Travel Survey
AAA of Michigan's Holiday Travel Survey

UNDATED, WI (WTAQ) - More Wisconsinites are staying home on this Fourth-of-Juy.

AAA says almost 867,000 people in the Badger State are expected to travel at least 50-miles from home – 1.3 percent less than a year ago.

Officials say the lighter traffic is due mainly to a shorter holiday period this year.

AAA defines it as a five-day stretch between yesterday and Sunday.  Last year, it was six days.

Wisconsin gasoline prices are only about a nickel higher-per-gallon than a year ago.This morning’s statewide average was $3.45 for regular unleaded.It was over four-dollars around Memorial Day.

Meanwhile, preliminary numbers from the state DOT show that 58 people were killed in Wisconsin traffic crashes last month – same as in June a year ago.

Last month’s toll was also one higher than the average for the past five years.

For the first half of 2013, Wisconsin recorded 224 traffic deaths – about 15-percent less than the year before.