State Patrol plans aerial traffic enforcement Thursday along Madison Beltline

Release date: April 17, 2018

​Goal of April 19 initiative is public safety by encouraging voluntary compliance with traffic laws

The Wisconsin State Patrol plans to conduct aerial traffic enforcement on Thursday, April 19 along the Madison Beltline (US 12/18) in Dane County.

“Aircraft serve as a valuable tool to help us identify speeders, aggressive or reckless drivers who compromise the safety of all travelers,” said Captain Jason Zeeh, Commander of the State Patrol’s DeForest Post. “Our goal is public safety and voluntary compliance with traffic laws, but motorists who make irresponsible decisions should expect to be stopped by law enforcement and potentially cited.”

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 DeForest Post
(608) 846-8500 or email:  opa.exec@dot.wi.gov