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Alert: The following services will be unavailable on Saturday, January 5, 2013 from 12 a.m. (midnight) to 6 a.m. CST due to system maintenance.

WisDOT Radio Newsline

December 19, 2014

With the official start of winter on Sunday, it means drivers will need to be at their best when the weather takes a turn for the worst. The best advice for avoiding a crash or being stranded in a winter storm is to simply stay off slippery roadways until conditions improve. If you must travel, make sure others know about your trip and route, allow extra time and following distance, buckle-up and go slow. If you slide off the road, stay buckled-up in your vehicle until emergency responders arrive. Your vehicle offers protection from weather, and from other vehicles that might also lose control and crash into you. Audio


A total of 47 new State Patrol cadets are receiving their badges to become troopers and inspectors following 23 weeks of intense training at the State Patrol Academy in Ft. McCoy. Cadets in the 60th Recruit Class began their training July 13 and learned about traffic and criminal laws, crisis management, emergency vehicle operations and crash investigations. The state requires at least 520 hours of training to become certified in law enforcement, however, the State Patrol cadets received over 800 hours of training prior to graduation.


Don’t give thieves the opportunity to dampen your holiday spirit. Law enforcement officials say “smash and grab” crimes can happen any time, but are of special concern this time of year when shopping and gift-giving tend to peak. To discourage criminals, keep your vehicle locked at all times and don’t leave gifts, purses, or other valuables in plain sight. If possible, lock valuables out of sight in your trunk, and always park in well-lit and well-traveled. Audio


In addition to Christmas and New Year’s day, state Division of Motor Vehicles customer service centers throughout the state will also be closed the next two Wednesdays — December 24 and December 31. Customers can still conduct a variety of DMV business any time day or night online — just be sure to use the official Wisconsin DMV website that has “gov” in the address (

For more information, contact:

Rob Miller, WisDOT Office of Public Affairs
(608) 266-2405,

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