State Patrol aerial enforcement planned for Tuesday along I-43 in Walworth County

Release date: June 4, 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 Tuesday, June 5 along I-43 in Walworth County.

“We publicly announce these enforcement efforts to reinforce that our goal is not to stop and cite drivers, but to encourage motorists to voluntary comply with traffic laws at all times,” said Captain Timothy Carnahan with the State Patrol’s Waukesha Post. “With a busy travel season now underway, we want everyone 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 support traffic law enforcement. 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, opa.exec@dot.wi.gov