DANE COUNTY (WKOW) — The Wisconsin State Patrol will be watching from the air and ground Wednesday, July 10, along I-39/90 in Dane County during one of its periodic enforcement efforts.
They will be looking for speeders, aggressive or reckless drivers or vehicles breaking other laws, according to a news release.
State Patrol aircraft use a timing device known as VASCAR (Visual Average Speed Computer and Recorder) along with highway markings to determine vehicle speeds.
When pilots detect speeders, aggressive or reckless drivers, they contact ground-based units to initiate a traffic stop.
An aerial enforcement mission in late June resulted in 28 traffic stops including one motorist traveling 91 mph in the 60 mph work zone, according to a State Patrol news release.
“Public safety is the primary focus for all our enforcement efforts,” Captain Jason Zeeh, Commander of the State Patrol’s Southwest Region Post in DeForest was quoted as saying in a news release. “Drivers who are speeding, tailgating or operating recklessly endanger everyone along our roadways.”
In 2018 in Wisconsin, there were nearly 20,000 speed-related crashes resulting in 7,957 injuries and 173 fatalities – more than the number of people injured (3,278) and killed (159) in alcohol-related crashes.
The State Patrol publicly announces many enforcement efforts to reinforce that the goal is voluntary compliance with traffic laws – not to stop or cite motorists, according to the news release.
Most State Patrol aerial missions are made possible through federal funds specifically designated to support traffic law enforcement. The State Patrol analyzes data on traffic citations, crash reports and related information to identify specific highway corridors for enforcement initiatives.