State Patrol aerial enforcement set for Friday along US 53 in Washburn County

Release date: May 23, 2018

To enhance safety for all travelers, the Wisconsin State Patrol plans to utilize aircraft and ground-based officers to enforce speed limits and other traffic laws on Friday, May 25 along US 53 in Washburn County.

“We publicly announce many of these enforcement efforts to reinforce that our goal is not to stop and cite motorists, but to enhance public safety through voluntary compliance with traffic laws,” said Captain Nick Wanink with the State Patrol’s Spooner Post. “As we enter a busy holiday weekend and travel season, we want motorists to reach their destinations safely. This requires all drivers to watch their speed, be patient and alert every time they get behind the wheel.”

Most State Patrol aerial missions are made possible through federal funds specifically designated to help enforce traffic laws. The State Patrol analyzes data on traffic citations and related information to identify specific highway corridors for enforcement initiatives.

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. WisDOT also uses its Facebook and Twitter pages to announce enforcement initiatives.

For more information, contact:

WisDOT Office of Public Affairs
(608) 266-3581,