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Newsline audio releases – August 22, 2014

Listed below are MP3 audio files and the text of actualities and wraps associated with WisDOT's Radio Newsline.

Workers who help keep Wisconsin rest areas clean and attractive are receiving some well-deserved recognition according to Dan Mulder, head of the Wisconsin DOT’s Roadside Management Section.

Cut 1: Dan Mulder, Roadside Management Section (360 KB/21 seconds)

"We have had a long-standing relationship with groups that provide gainful employment to people with disabilities and we're very proud of this relationship – it goes back decades. The groups that provide the service do custodial, lawn care, and maintain those in the highest degree of quality."

Cut 2: Dan Mulder, Roadside Management Section (363 KB/21 seconds)

"The other important factor about our rest areas is I view them as the welcome mat to the state of Wisconsin. The old saying – you only get one chance to make a first impression – and that’s certainly true with regards to our rest areas. And we hope the experience conveys what the state of Wisconsin is about: It's pleasurable, it's clean and it's safe."

Cut 3: Wrap with Mulder (1073 KB/88 seconds)

Wisconsin’s 30 rest areas have a national reputation for their cleanliness and that's thanks in large part to the dedicated workers who keep them open for business year-round. Governor Walker has declared 2014 the "Year of a Better Bottom Line" to encourage employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Dan Mulder heads the Wisconsin DOT's Roadside Facilities Section. He talks about community rehabilitation programs around the state whose workers handle daily maintenance activities at state rest areas…

"We have had a long-standing relationship with groups that provide gainful employment to people with disabilities and we’re very proud of this relationship – it goes back decades. The groups that provide the service do custodial, lawn care, and maintain those in the highest degree of quality."

Wisconsin rest areas serve an important tourism and public safety role accommodating some 17 million visitors each year – providing commercial truckers and all travelers a safe, convenient place to relax and refresh. This is Rob Miller reporting.

School will soon be back in session and it's time for a refresher course on traffic safety for both students and drivers. Larry Corsi (core-see), WisDOT's Pedestrian Safety Coordinator, says awareness is the primary lesson.

Cut 1: Larry Corsi, Pedestrian Safety Coordinator (275 KB/15 seconds)

"Drivers should add a little extra time to their morning commute as crossing guards will be stopping traffic to safely allow students to cross streets. We ask that parents talk to their kids about street safety, reminding them of the basics and explaining that just because you can see a vehicle coming your way, doesn't always mean the driver of the vehicle can see you."

Cut 2: Larry Corsi, Pedestrian Safety Coordinator (243 KB/17 seconds)

"Safety in and around school zones is a shared responsibility. Drivers need to slow down and pay attention – always watching out for students, school buses and crossing guards. Children need to use crosswalks and, as the popular safety message goes, always look both ways before crossing the street."

Cut 3: Wrap with Corsi (703 KB/59 seconds)

As students prepare to head back to school, it’s time for a refresher course on traffic safety. Larry Corsi, Pedestrian Safety Coordinator with the Wisconsin DOT, says today’s lesson is aimed at drivers, parents and students…

"Safety in and around school zones is a shared responsibility. Drivers need to slow down and pay attention – always watching out for students, school buses and crossing guards. Children need to use crosswalks and, as the popular safety message goes, always look both ways before crossing the street."

A school bus with red lights flashing and stop-arm extended mean drivers approaching from both directions must stop at least 20 feet from the bus and should stay stopped until the bus resumes motion and the red lights are turned off. This is Rob Miller reporting.


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