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Newsline audio releases – February 27, 2015

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The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is using technology, already in place, to promote highway safety. Dewayne Johnson, director of WisDOT’s Bureau of Traffic Operations, explains this new public awareness approach.

Cut 1: Dewayne Johnson, director, Bureau of Traffic Operations (589 KB/19 seconds)

“We have our dynamic message signs out and across the State of Wisconsin. They typically provide travel time information; they’ll provide incident information and weather information. We’re also stretching and we think that’s a good tool to get out safety-related messages.”

Cut 2: Dewayne Johnson, director, Bureau of Traffic Operations (431 KB/14 seconds)

“We’re finding that we’re getting some good response by phone, by email and social media. People are paying attention to the messaging and they’re asking questions. So we really think we are making a difference with this.”

Cut 3: Wrap with Johnson (1841 KB/59 seconds)

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is using technology, already in place, to promote highway safety. Dewayne Johnson, director of WisDOT’s Bureau of Traffic Operations, explains this new public awareness approach.

“We have our dynamic message signs out and across the State of Wisconsin. They typically provide travel time information; they’ll provide incident information and weather information. We’re also stretching and we think that’s a good tool to get out safety-related messages.”

Messages like buckling up, driving sober, not texting and driving, and moving over or slowing down for stopped emergency vehicles, maintenance vehicles and tow trucks. Some of safety messages also include the current number of people killed in traffic crashes this year; it’s an attempt to get people to think about their driving behavior. Keeping you connected to WisDOT, this is Brock Bergey reporting.

Last year, over 713,000 traffic convictions in Wisconsin were entered onto driver records. Brad Babler with the Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles says the most common traffic conviction was for speeding.

Cut 1: Brad Babler, DMV (290 KB/18 seconds)

“One of the most common offenses was speeding and that accounted for about 20 percent of all traffic convictions in Wisconsin last year. Some of the other top traffic-related offenses included operating while suspended, not having required vehicle insurance, and a failure to fasten safety belts.”

Cut 2: Brad Babler, DMV (267 KB/17 seconds)

“Well, all the courts across Wisconsin forward all the traffic citation data to the DMV and we’re required to record all traffic convictions as part of a person’s driving history. If a driver accumulates too many citations or demerit points, they can have their license suspended.”

Cut 3 : Wrap with Babler (942 KB/60 seconds)

Last year in Wisconsin, over 713,000 traffic convictions were entered onto driver records. Brad Babler with the Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles says the convictions are the result of traffic citations issued by state and local police across Wisconsin.

“One of the most common offenses was speeding and that accounted for about 20 percent of all traffic convictions in Wisconsin last year. Some of the other top traffic-related offenses included operating while suspended, not having required vehicle insurance, and a failure to fasten safety belts.”

Babler says courts across the state forward traffic citation data to the DMV which is required to record traffic convictions as part of a person’s driving history. “If a driver accumulates too many citations or demerit points, they can have their license suspended.”

In general, traffic convictions remain on a driver’s record for five years following the date of the conviction. This is Rob Miller reporting.


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