Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 9:29am
T.E.S.T. Stops 56 Drivers In 3 Hours
On September 30, 2010 the Madison Police Department's Traffic Enforcement Safety Team (T.E.S.T.), conducted a special enforcement effort for vehicles speeding within the Hwy 12 work area at S. Park St. The T.E.S.T unit conducted this effort between the hours of 10:00 A.M. and 1:00 P.M. This stretch of highway was specifically targeted during these hours do to high traffic volume, as well as, reported and observed speeding, within the reduced 45 MPH work area.
T.E.S.T unit members and patrol officers stopped 56 vehicles for speeding in the enforcement zone during the enforcement period. Three drivers were stopped for speeding in excess of 65 MPH. Speeding offenses in freeway work areas carry a starting fine of $177.00 and an assessment of 4 license points.
The Madison Police Department is committed to improving the safety of our community by increasing compliance with traffic laws through education and enforcement. Although law enforcement efforts are an important part of public safety, we rely heavily on the cooperation of the public to be aware of and to follow all traffic laws, whether as a pedestrian, bicyclist or motorist.
The Madison Police Department supports the "Zero In Wisconsin" campaign and believes that we all can make a difference. Please remember to drive safely and to "buckle up." State law now allows law enforcement to stop a vehicle when the driver is not observed wearing a safety belt. The Madison Police Department also reminds motorists that state law requires that vehicles yield right-of-way to pedestrians in crosswalks. Remember - don't drink and drive!
- Lt. Tony Bitterman 261-9686