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WisDOT Radio Newsline

February 27, 2015

The Wisconsin DOT is using existing technology to promote highway safety. There about 130 dynamic message signs (DMS) around the state. Their primary purpose is to provide travel times, traffic delays or incidents and work zone information. However, at various times of the year, WisDOT is adding safety messages into the mix. Topics include buckling up, driving sober, not texting and driving, moving over or slowing down for stopped emergency vehicles, maintenance vehicles and tow trucks. In addition, several messages include the current number of traffic deaths on Wisconsin roads for the year — all in an attempt to get people to make safe driving decisions. Audio

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If youíre pulled over by police, do you know what to do — or perhaps more importantly — what not to do? First, remain in your vehicle and wait for the officer to approach. Donít try to tidy up your car, search for documents or make any unusual movements that an officer could interpret as suspicious. If youíre pulled over at night, an officer will often shine their light into your vehicle as a safety precaution to see whatís going on inside your car. Depending on the situation, an officer may approach your vehicle from either the driver or passenger side. The best advice to help you get back on your way: be calm and cooperative.

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Speeding was the most common traffic-related offense in Wisconsin last year, accounting for 20 percent of the 713,185 traffic convictions entered onto driver records. Other top traffic convictions included operating while suspended, violating the compulsory insurance law, and failure to fasten seat belts. The convictions are a result of traffic citations issued by state and local police agencies across Wisconsin. Courts forward all traffic citations to the Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles which is required to record traffic convictions as part of a personís driving history. In general, convictions remain on a driverís record for five years following the date of the conviction. Audio

For more information, contact:

Rob Miller, WisDOT Office of Public Affairs
(608) 266-2405, robert.miller@dot.wi.gov


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