State, local law enforcement plan stepped-up enforcement in crash hotspots

​Crash data being used to target law enforcement resources and enhance public safety along roadways in Brown, Fond du Lac, Outagamie and Winnebago counties

Release date: June 25, 2019

To enhance public safety, the Wisconsin State Patrol and local law enforcement agencies plan stepped-up enforcement in several communities in Brown, Fond du Lac, Outagamie and Winnebago counties where data analysis has identified crash “hotspots.”

“These high-visibility patrols, like all of our enforcement efforts, are focused on gaining voluntary compliance with traffic laws and making our highways and communities as safe as possible,” said Captain Ryan Chaffee with the State Patrol’s Northeast Region Fond du Lac Post. “Working with our local law enforcement partners, we increasingly rely on traffic crash and citation data to deploy our resources in ways that will have the greatest impact on public safety.”

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation, State Patrol and local police agencies, in cooperation with the UW-Madison Traffic Operations and Safety (TOPS) lab, collect and analyze data on traffic crashes and citations. The information is used in several ways, including focused efforts to deter dangerous driving behaviors such as speeding, unbelted motorists, distracted or impaired driving.

The data gathering and analysis or “predictive analytics” process looked at traffic crashes during the summer months of June, July and August over the last three years to identify crash hotspots and top contributing factors in the following locations:

Brown County

  • Main St. and University Ave. (WIS 54/US 141) in the city of Green Bay
    Unbelted motorists and motorcycle crashes
  • Dousman/Walnut St. and N. Broadway (US 141) in the city of Green Bay
    Distracted driving
  • W. Mason St. (WIS 54) in the city of Green Bay
    Teen drivers
  • WIS 172 in the village of Ashwaubenon
    Distracted driving
  • During the summer months of June, July and August over the last three years, there were 893 injury crashes in Brown County resulting in 1,188 injuries and 22 fatalities. Factors contributing to these crashes include:
    • Distracted driving - 20 percent
    • Teen drivers - 18 percent
    • Unbelted motorists - 11 percent
    • Speeding - 11 percent

Fond du Lac County/city of Fond du Lac

  • S. Macy St./S. Park Ave. and 4th St.
    Bicyclist crashes
  • N. Main and E. Johnson St.
    Distracted drivers
  • US 45
    Distracted drivers, teen drivers
  • During the summer months of June, July and August over the last three years, there were 422 injury crashes in Fond du Lac County resulting in 596 injuries and 10 fatalities. Factors contributing to these crashes include:
    • Teen drivers - 19 percent
    • Distracted driving - 17 percent
    • Unbelted motorists - 16 percent
    • Speeding - 13 percent

Outagamie County

  • I-41 and Wisconsin Ave./College Ave. interchanges, town of Grand Chute
    Teen drivers, distracted driving, speeding
  • College Ave. and Memorial Dr., city of Appleton
    Teen drivers, motorcycle crashes
  • WIS 441 and College Ave., city of Kaukauna
     Distracted driving, teen drivers, unbelted motorists
  • During the summer months of June, July and August over the last three years, there were 804 injury crashes in Outagamie County resulting in 1,121 injuries and 11 fatalities. Factors contributing to these crashes include:
    • Teen drivers - 20 percent%
    • Distracted driving - 17 percent
    • Speeding - 12 percent
      Unbelted motorists - 12 percent

Winnebago County

  • WIS 47 at the US 10 interchange, city of Menasha
    Teen drivers, impaired and distracted driving, speeding
  • Winneconne Ave. from I-41 to Wisconsin Ave., city of Neenah
    Teen drivers, unbelted motorists
  • Main St./US 45, city of Oshkosh
    Distracted and impaired driving, unbelted motorists
  • I-41 from 9th Ave. to WIS 44 interchange, city of Oshkosh
    Distracted driving, teen drivers
  • During the summer months of June, July and August over the last three years, there were 899 injury crashes in Winnebago County resulting in 1,221 injuries and nine fatalities. Factors contributing to these crashes include:
    • Distracted driving - 22 percent
    • Teen drivers - 18 percent
    • Unbelted motorists - 13 percent
    • Speeding - 12 percent

For more information, contact:

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