Release date: April 20, 2018
A Wisconsin State Patrol aerial traffic law enforcement mission along the Madison Beltline Thursday resulted in 20 speed-related traffic stops – and one motorist who was administered the opioid-reversing antidote Narcan.
The three-hour initiative began around 11 a.m. Thursday, and involved one State Patrol aircraft and four ground-based law enforcement units. The highest speed recorded along the US 12/14 Beltline segment was 83 mph (the posted speed limit is 55 mph). During the enforcement effort, a State Trooper stopped to assist a motorist and administered Narcan to an unresponsive vehicle passenger and suspected overdose victim. The person was revived and taken to an area hospital.
“Our law enforcement efforts are always focused on public safety,” said Captain Jason Zeeh with the State Patrol’s DeForest Post. “Although the primary emphasis of Thursday’s mission was on speed enforcement, we’re prepared to respond to emergencies as needed.” Since mid-January of this year, all State Patrol officers across Wisconsin have been trained and equipped to administer Narcan.
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. 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 DeForest Post
(608) 846-8500 or firstname.lastname@example.org