State Patrol plans aerial traffic enforcement Friday along I-43 in Ozaukee County

Goal of April 6 initiative is voluntary compliance with traffic laws

Release date: April 4, 2018

On Friday, April 6, the Wisconsin State Patrol plans to utilize aircraft and ground-based officers to enforce traffic laws and enhance public safety along I-43 in Ozaukee County. Friday’s initiative is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Should the weather be unfavorable for flying, the effort will continue with ground-based officers.

“Public safety is our top priority, and to support that goal, we need motorists to obey speed limits and other traffic laws throughout the year,” said Captain Timothy Carnahan, Commander of the State Patrol’s Waukesha Post. “We announce many of these aerial enforcement initiatives ahead of time to encourage voluntary compliance with traffic laws, but motorists that are speeding or driving recklessly should expect to be stopped by law enforcement and potentially cited.”

The specially-equipped State Patrol aircraft use highway markings and a timing device known as VASCAR to determine vehicle speeds. When pilots detect speeders, aggressive or reckless drivers, they contact ground-based units to initiate a traffic stop. A WisDOT You Tube video highlights the role of the State Patrol’s Air Support Unit in public safety.

Throughout the year, the State Patrol will utilize aircraft and ground-based officers as part of traffic safety enforcement efforts across the state. Many of the aerial enforcement missions are announced in advance via WisDOT’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

For more information, contact:

Wisconsin State Patrol Waukesha Post
(262) 785-4700