Speed enforcement on the Beltline takes to the sky

​Wisconsin State Patrol plans aerial enforcement on Beltline in Dane County, June 14​

​Release Date: June 13, 2024

Watch your speed as Wisconsin State Patrol monitors the Madison Beltline (US 12/18) in Dane County from the sky. Weather permitting, the Air Support Unit is scheduled to patrol for traffic violations on the Beltline on Friday, June 14. 

“We want drivers to slow down on the Beltline to keep the highway safe for all travelers,” Wisconsin State Patrol Superintendent Timothy Carnahan said. “Our troopers have been out in greater presence patrolling the Beltline since April. The view from the sky gives us one more tool to spot dangerous driving along the entire beltline quickly.”

The State Patrol’s primary mission is public safety, which includes enforcing traffic laws to help make sure drivers reach their destinations safely. 

Aerial enforcement is one way to enhance public safety efforts. From the air, it’s much easier to spot drivers who are speeding or driving aggressively. When a pilot observes a violation, they communicate with ground-based units to initiate a traffic stop.

Many aerial enforcement missions are announced publicly to reinforce State Patrol’s goal to improve public safety through voluntary compliance with traffic laws, not simply to stop or cite drivers. 

As a reminder, drivers should pull over to the right side if stopped by law enforcement. Do not stop in the Flex Lane, even if the lane is closed. If there is no safe place to immediately pull over, move your vehicle to the right lane, turn on the emergency flashers and reduce your speed to signal to law enforcement that you are aware of their presence until you reach the nearest safe area to stop your vehicle.

For more information, contact:

WisDOT Office of Public Affairs
(608) 266-3581, opa.exec@dot.wi.gov