Safety - Safety and Weight Enforcement Facilities

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Wisconsin's Safety and Weight Enforcement Facilities (SWEFs) ensure that commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) and their drivers are safe and follow regulations to prevent overweight loads that can compromise roadway infrastructure and safety. In FFY 2020, our goal is to maintain 15,485 hours of ​SWEF operation and perform 35​,000 CMV inspections. For more information visit Wisconsin's Motor Carrier Enforcement.

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[1] Static – Static scales located at the SWEF capture and record axle weights and gross vehicle weights on individual, commercial motor vehicles. This requires vehicles to come to a stop and can also include conducting an inspection of the driver and vehicle.
[2] WIM – Weigh-in-motion (WIM) systems capture axle weights and gross vehicle weights electronically as vehicles drive through a measurement site. Unlike static scales, W​IM systems are capable of measuring vehicles traveling at a reduced or normal speed and do not require the vehicle to come to a stop.
[3] Portable – Small mobile, or portable scales, can be used by an inspector at any roadside location. Portable scales can also be used in conjunction with a traffic enforcement detail of commercial motor vehicles (CMV) such as a CMV speed detail.
[4] Vehicles – The Division of State Patrol works in partnership with the motor carrier industry to enforce the rules of the road. As part of these efforts, numerous unsafe vehicles are taken out of service each year. While an increase in vehicles taken off the road may demonstrate reduced risk, a decline may demonstrate voluntary compliance from successful education and enforcement efforts.
[5] Drivers - The Division of State Patrol works in partnership with the motor carrier industry to enforce the rules of the road. As part of these efforts, numerous unsafe drivers are taken out of service each year. While an increase in drivers taken off the road may demonstrate reduced risk, a decline may demonstrate voluntary compliance from successful education and enforcement efforts.

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Safety: Moving toward minimizing the number of deaths, injuries and crashes on our roadways.

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