State Patrol plans aerial enforcement Friday along WIS 23 in Fond du Lac County

Release date: June 7, 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, June 8 along WIS 23 in Fond du Lac County. Aerial enforcement patrols are often posted on the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s Facebook and Twitter sites.

“We publicly announce many of these initiatives because our goal is not to simply stop and cite drivers, but to encourage motorists to voluntarily comply with traffic laws at all times,” said Captain Ryan Chaffee with the State Patrol’s Fond du Lac Post. “With another busy travel season underway, we want everyone to reach their destinations safely. This requires all motorists 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, crash reports 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.

For more information, contact:

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