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WisDOT Radio Newsline
March 27, 2015
Here’s a real “sign” of spring. The Wisconsin DOT and county highway crews are busy repairing or replacing highway signs damaged by snowplows and other vehicles. The state oversees about 300,000 signs along the state highway system including speed limit, directional, warning, and guidance signs. Following a typical winter season, around 5,000 such signs need to be repaired or replaced due to damage from collisions or because they’re nearing the end of their service life. With a variety of work taking place along state roadways, safety officials are reminding drivers to slow down or move over when they come upon highway maintenance vehicles, emergency responders or tow trucks stopped along the road with warning lights flashing. Audio
People with their tax refund in hand may consider now a good time to purchase a new or used vehicle. Before heading out to a dealer lot, do your homework. Determine what type of vehicle meets your needs and budget. If you’re financing, compare dealer rates to what local lenders can offer. If you’re considering a used vehicle, a vehicle history report is often a wise investment. You may also want to talk with the vehicle’s previous owners. Licensed dealers in Wisconsin are required to provide prospective buyers with the name and address of a vehicle’s former owner.
Bicyclists are taking advantage of the longer days, later sunsets, and warmer temperatures. Preventing bicycle crashes, injuries and deaths requires bike operators and motorists to share the road and watch out for each other. State safety officials say bicyclists should wear helmets, bright-colored clothing and lights for protection and to make themselves as visible as possible. Motorists should be alert for bicyclists especially at intersections. The most common time for bicyclist crashes is between 3 and 7 p.m. — the hours after school and the period when many adults commute from work. There were four bicyclists killed along Wisconsin roadways last year. Audio
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Last modified: March 26, 2015
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