Goal of March 21 initiative is to encourage voluntary compliance with traffic laws
Release date: March 20, 2018
On Wednesday, March 21, the Wisconsin State Patrol plans to utilize aircraft and ground-based officers to enforce traffic laws and enhance public safety along WIS 23 between Fond du Lac and Plymouth. It will be the first aerial enforcement patrol along the 19-mile segment of WIS 23 since permanent signs were installed noting that the corridor has been designated an “Air Enforcement Zone.” Wednesday’s initiative is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. If the weather is unfavorable for flying, the effort will continue with ground-based officers.
“As always, our goal is to encourage voluntary compliance with speed limits and other traffic laws to help make our roadways as safe as possible for everyone,” said Captain Ryan Chaffee, Commander of the State Patrol’s Fond du Lac Post.
The 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 in public safety.
Throughout the year, the State Patrol will utilize aircraft and ground-based officers as part of overall traffic safety enforcement efforts across the state. Many of the aerial enforcement missions are announced in advance via WisDOT’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
For more information, contact:
Wisconsin State Patrol Fond du Lac Post