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WisDOT Radio Newsline

August 22, 2014

Wisconsin's 30 rest areas have a national reputation for their cleanliness and that's thanks in large part to the dedicated workers who keep them open for business year-round. Governor Walker has declared 2014 the "Year of a Better Bottom Line" to encourage employment opportunities for people with disabilities. The Wisconsin DOT has a long-standing partnership with local community rehabilitation programs across the state that provide about 300 workers with disabilities to handle daily upkeep at state rest areas. Wisconsin rest areas serve an important tourism and public safety role accommodating some 17 million visitors annually and providing travelers a safe, convenient place to relax and refresh. Audio


Traffic safety advocates from around the state will converge on the KI Convention Center in Green Bay next week (August 26 to 28) as part of the 40th annual Governor's Conference on Highway Safety. Along with broader strategies to prevent traffic crashes, deaths and injuries, topics will also include motorcycle safety, OWI task forces, distracted driving enforcement, and new laws related to operation of ag vehicles on public roadways.


Students are preparing to head back to school, meaning drivers can expect to see more school buses, kids riding bikes and crossing streets. As drivers approach a school zone, they'll want to be especially alert and be ready to stop for crossing guards and school buses. A bus with red lights flashing and stop-arm extended mean drivers approaching from both directions must stop at least 20 feet from the bus and should stay stopped until the bus resumes motion and the red lights are turned off. Parents should remind children to always use crosswalks, and look carefully before stepping into the street including when they get on or off a bus. Audio


A statewide crackdown on impaired driving continues through Labor Day. The "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign involves public education and media messages, along with some 400 law enforcement agencies across Wisconsin who will be patrolling in greater numbers and for longer hours keeping a sharp eye out for drunk drivers. Alcohol is a factor in about 36 percent of fatal traffic crashes in Wisconsin.

For more information, contact:

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

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