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WisDOT Radio Newsline

May 29, 2015

Inspectors with the Wisconsin State Patrol will join their counterparts across North America June 2 through 4 as part of the annual “Roadcheck” initiative to help ensure commercial motor vehicles and drivers are operating safely. Inspectors look at the braking and lighting systems on large trucks, ensure loads are properly secured, and review drivers’ log books. During last year’s 72-hour Roadcheck period, Wisconsin State Patrol inspectors checked over 1,200 commercial motor vehicles and identified over 4,300 safety violations. As a result, 336 commercial motor vehicles and 85 drivers were placed out of service. While Roadcheck is a three-day event, the Wisconsin State Patrol conducts similar efforts year-round to prevent crashes and enhance safety for all travelers. Audio

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Preliminary data shows eight people died in Wisconsin traffic crashes over the recent Memorial Day weekend. That compares to 11 traffic fatalities recorded during the same three-day holiday period last year. So far this year, a total of 195 traffic deaths have occurred in Wisconsin — up about 28 percent compared to last year. To encourage voluntary compliance with the state’s seat belt law, the statewide “Click It or Ticket” seat belt enforcement initiative continues through Sunday (5/31).

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Deer activity is increasing across Wisconsin as females search for places to give birth and fawns separate from their mothers. Not only do car-deer crashes increase in June, it’s often the month when motorists are most likely to be injured in a collision with a deer. Motorcyclists should be especially alert. Last year, 8 out of 10 people killed in crashes with deer were motorcyclists. The best strategy to avoid a crash and stay safe is to slow down, eliminate distractions and buckle-up. Deer are most active during early morning and early evening hours. If your vehicle strikes a deer, the best advice is to get your vehicle off the road if possible, stay in your car, and contact law enforcement. Audio

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Governor Walker has proclaimed next week (June 1 through 7) as Rail Safety Week in Wisconsin. The goal is to generate greater awareness of the potential dangers associated with rail crossings and trespassing on railroad property. Last year in Wisconsin, a total of 14 people were killed as a result of rail crossing and pedestrian/trespasser incidents. Along with Amtrak passenger service, 13 freight railroads operate in Wisconsin on some 3,300 miles of track.

For more information, contact:

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


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