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State Patrol and Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office team up for aerial enforcement detail on US 41 near Oshkosh

May 21, 2013

To combat speeding and aggressive driving, Wisconsin State Patrol troopers and Winnebago County sheriff’s deputies were assisted by a plane from the State Patrol’s Air Support Unit during an aerial enforcement detail on US 41 near Oshkosh on Tuesday, May 21, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

During the three-hour detail, officers made 18 traffic stops and issued nine speeding citations. The highest speed was 96 mph.

The State Patrol and area law enforcement agencies are planning more unannounced aerial enforcement details, particularly near work zones, throughout the summer.

Speeding is prevalent and deadly in Wisconsin. Last year, 167 people were killed and more than 7,000 injured in speed-related crashes.

"At higher speeds, you’re at greater risk of losing control of your vehicle as well as not having enough time and space to react safely to changing road and traffic conditions. In addition, crashes become even more violent and destructive as speeds increase," says Sgt. Tim McGrath of the State Patrol Northeast Region-Fond du Lac Post. "Drivers traveling at high speeds on the open road also tend to not slow down sufficiently when approaching an intersection, work zone or traffic congestion."

For more information, contact:
Sgt. Tim McGrath, Wisconsin State Patrol
(920) 929-3700, timothy.mcgrath@dot.wi.gov

Lt. William Anthes, Winnebago Sheriff’s Dept.
(920) 236-7341, wanthes@co.winnebago.wi.us

 

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