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Newsline audio releases – October 24, 2014

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Another Halloween is approaching. Larry Corsi (cor-SEE), with the Wisconsin DOT’s Bureau of Transportation Safety, has advice for drivers, parents and children

Cut 1: Larry Corsi, Bureau of Transportation Safety (285 KB/18 seconds)

“People have to remember that communities have trick or treat hours at different times of the day and night, so it means motorists will need to be on the alert throughout the weekend. It’s important that costumes do not interfere with a child’s vision, and that kids are accompanied by an older, responsible person. And also, when crossing a street, always cross at an intersection and look carefully both ways.”

Cut 2: Larry Corsi, Bureau of Transportation Safety (287 KB/18 seconds)

Along with getting darker earlier, Halloween means there’s the potential for more pedestrian traffic. Added to that, Halloween is one of the nation’s deadliest nights of the year for impaired drivers, so anyone who’s out traveling on Halloween night needs to be extra vigilant. So we want people to enjoy themselves, but kids and adults need to be responsible and safe.

Cut 3: Wrap with Corsi (778 KB/50 seconds)

Halloween is all about being noticed. Kids are hoping their costume will earn them sweet treats, but even more important is making sure that kids and motorists see each other. Larry Corsi, with the Wisconsin DOT’s Bureau of Transportation Safety has advice for parents, children and motorists.

“People have to remember that communities have trick or treat hours at different times of the day and night, so it means motorists will need to be on the alert throughout the weekend. It’s important that costumes do not interfere with a child’s vision, and that kids are accompanied by an older, responsible person. And also, when crossing a street, always cross at an intersection and look carefully both ways.”

Corsi says kids going door-to-door in the evening hours should carry flashlights, wear reflective material and it’s always a good idea to travel in groups to be as visible as possible. This is Rob Miller reporting.

Wisconsin State Patrol Sergeant David Harvey says National School Bus Safety Week is a chance to recognize bus drivers and all those who work together to keep school buses and their passengers as safe as possible

Cut 1: Sergeant David Harvey, State Patrol (260 KB/17 seconds)

“The State Patrol inspects every Wisconsin school bus once a year. We look at the brake and steering systems, lights, mirrors and warning lights to make sure they’re all operating correctly. We also make sure the equipment on the inside is up to specifications, including the seats and emergency exits.”

Cut 2: Sergeant David Harvey, State Patrol (295 KB/19 seconds)

“School buses have a great safety record and that’s due to many factors including the way they’re designed. Their size and color makes them highly visible — and they’re inspected once a year to make sure that all the key mechanical components and safety equipment are working properly. We also need to give credit to bus drivers who know they have some very special cargo to protect.”

Cut 3: Wrap with Harvey (711 KB/45 seconds)

National School Bus Safety Week is a chance to highlight the many factors that make school buses among the safest vehicles traveling our roadways. This is Wisconsin State Patrol Sergeant David Harvey.

“School buses have a great safety record and that’s due to many factors including the way they’re designed. Their size and color makes them highly visible — and they’re inspected once a year to make sure that all the key mechanical components and safety equipment are working properly. We also need to give credit to bus drivers who know they have some very special cargo to protect.”

State Patrol inspectors examine a bus’s brakes and steering, tires, electrical systems and other safety equipment. Last year, the Wisconsin State Patrol conducted over 10,000 school bus inspections. This is Rob Miller reporting.


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