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Newsline audio releases – January 30, 2015

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Super Bowl Sunday means lots of people will be gathering to watch the big game. Dave Pabst, director of the Wisconsin DOTís Bureau of Transportation Safety, says state and local law enforcement will keep a sharp eye out for impaired drivers, but everyone needs to do their part to keep highways safe.

Cut 1: Dave Pabst, BOTS (386 KB/24 seconds)

"Last year on Super Bowl Sunday, we had zero traffic fatalities in Wisconsin and so weíre really hoping for another shut-out this year. State and local law enforcement will be out watching for impaired drivers, but it really requires that everyone do their part. If youíre hosting a party – donít let anyone get behind the wheel impaired. If you see a vehicle operating erratically and suspect the driver is impaired, get as much info on the driver and vehicle as you safely can, and then call 911."

Cut 2: Dave Pabst, BOTS (307 KB/19 seconds)

"Super Bowl is one of those occasions when we know lots of people will be gathering at various parties and that alcohol is often involved. We want people to enjoy the game, but do it responsibly. We certainly donít want any impaired drivers on the roads and the key there is simply to plan ahead. That means designate a sober driver, or arrange for another way to travel such as a cab or a bus."

Cut 3: Wrap with Pabst (807 KB/74 seconds)

Lots of people will be gathering on Super Bowl Sunday, and state transportation safety officials are hoping everyone will enjoy the game responsibly. This is David Pabst, Director of the Wisconsin DOTís Bureau of Transportation Safety

"Last year on Super Bowl Sunday, we had zero traffic fatalities in Wisconsin and so weíre really hoping for another shut-out this year. State and local law enforcement will be out watching for impaired drivers, but it really requires that everyone do their part. If youíre hosting a party – donít let anyone get behind the wheel impaired. If you see a vehicle operating erratically and suspect the driver is impaired, get as much info on the driver and vehicle as you safely can, and then call 911."

If a party involves alcohol, Pabst says the key is to plan ahead. That means arranging for a designated driver or other safe ride home such as a cab or bus. This is Rob Miller reporting.

Good winter driving skills are a must this time of year because slippery roads are common. As if snow wasnít slick enough, Wisconsin State Patrol Trooper Jim Larson talks about black ice that can send unwary motorists into a dangerous skid.

Cut 1: Jim Larson, Wisconsin State Patrol (337 KB/22 seconds)

"This time of year itís always a good idea to slow down and pay particular attention to a roadís surface. If you hit an icy patch on the road, you can lose all control of your vehicle – steering and brakes. Then, when you hit a dry patch, bad things can happen. The best advice is to slow down and maintain your feel for the road, especially on bridges and ramps, where a roadís surface may freeze more quickly than the mainline."

Cut 2: Jim Larson, Wisconsin State Patrol (281 KB/19 seconds)

"There are a number of conditions that could lead to slippery roads this time of year. While many main roads may have some salt residue to keep them from getting slippery, others may not. In those cases, early morning fog or frost can coat roads and make them slippery. Likewise, black ice can form in low spots or where water may be draining across a road."

Cut 3: Wrap with Larson (868 KB/76 seconds)

Itís very difficult to see, and can easily send an unwary driver spinning off a roadway. Black ice is a thin layer of ice – and because itís largely free of air bubbles and virtually transparent – it takes on the color of the underlying pavement – hence the name "black ice." For drivers, it all adds up to a very slippery problem. This is Trooper Jim Larson with the Wisconsin State Patrol.

"This time of year itís always a good idea to slow down and pay particular attention to a roadís surface. If you hit an icy patch on the road, you can lose all control of your vehicle – steering and brakes. Then, when you hit a dry patch, bad things can happen. The best advice is to slow down and maintain your feel for the road, especially on bridges and ramps, where a roadís surface may freeze more quickly than the mainline."

Black ice can form following an early morning fog or frost, or in low spots where water may be draining across a roadway. This is Rob Miller reporting.


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