T.E.S.T. To Target West Beltline Highway

May 3, 2013

Speed Enforcement Will Start Monday

This past week, two multi-vehicle crashes took place during morning rush hours on the West Beltline Highway.

This is a very congested, highly traveled route, and the MPD's Traffic Enforcement Safety Team is urging drivers to please drive safely and obey all traffic laws. They include not driving while distracted: texting, reading, shaving etc.

In response to West Beltline safety concerns, T.E.S.T. will be conducting periodic summer enforcement projects on the busy thoroughfare starting this coming Monday morning.

Fines for speeding tickets start at $88.80 and can go as high as $429.00. They double in construction zones.

This year, T.E.S.T. members, along with other MPD officers, have issued over 4,100 citations including more than 2,500 written for speeding violations.

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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!

Contact:
  • Lt. Carl Strasburg, 261-9686
  • Joel DeSpain, 266-4997