La Crosse County highway deaths down in 2017, law enforcement urges responsibility

La Crosse County highway deaths down...

LA CROSSE COUNTY, Wis. (WKBT) - Traffic deaths on county highways are down, but law enforcement says there are still too many.

The La Crosse County Sheriff's Office responded to four fatal crashes last year, slightly down from previous years. Only one of those crashes caused multiple deaths, with five total deaths in 2017.

Two of the four crashes involved both alcohol and speeding, one was just speeding, and a driver fell asleep at the wheel in the last crash.

"What it really comes down to is personal responsibility. When you get behind the wheel of a car you have to take that seriously, you have to be focused and paying attention,” said La Crosse County Sheriff’s Office Captain Mike Horstman.

Officers say you should plan ahead and take more time while driving, especially with the recent cold weather and snowfalls.

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