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Traffic deaths in Wisconsin in November dropped by over 60 percent from the previous November, bringing the yearly total below last year's numbers.

The Department of Transportation released preliminary traffic fatality data on Tuesday, showing 46 people were killed in crashes in November, down from 75 in November of 2016 and below the five-year average of 53 for the month.

For the first 11 months of 2017, 555 people have died on Wisconsin roads, five less than through November of 2016.

The fatalities include 77 motorcyclists, 55 pedestrians and seven bicyclists.

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With snow season coming, the DOT urges drivers to be more careful, buckle up, don't speed, be aware of weather conditions, put the phone down and drive sober.

Enhanced traffic enforcement is on tap throughout the state beginning Dec. 15, and will continue through New Year's Day, with patrols on the lookout for intoxicated drivers.

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