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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org