State Patrol plans aerial traffic enforcement Thursday along US 45 in Washington County

​Goal is voluntary compliance with traffic laws

Release date: April 11, 2018

The Wisconsin State Patrol plans to conduct aerial traffic enforcement on Thursday, April 12 along US 45 in Washington County. State Patrol aircraft and ground-based officers will be watching for speeders, aggressive or reckless drivers.

“We announce many of these enforcement efforts ahead of time because our goal is not simply to stop and cite drivers, but to enhance safety for all travelers by encouraging voluntary compliance with traffic laws,” said Captain Tim Carnahan with the State Patrol’s Waukesha Post.

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. Aerial enforcement missions are often announced in advance via WisDOT’s Facebook and Twitter pages. A WisDOT You Tube video highlights the role of the State Patrol’s Air Support Unit in public safety.

For more information, contact:

Wisconsin State Patrol Waukesha Post
262) 785-4700 or