Tuesday, April 6, 2010 - 10:35am

New Spring Initiative Targets Drivers, Riders, & Pedestrians

Throughout 2010, the Madison Police Department will be participating in several National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sponsored bicycle and pedestrian enforcement overtime grant initiatives. These grants are coordinated through the Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Safety.

As part of these grant initiatives, additional Madison police officers will be on patrol this spring with the objective of identifying and taking enforcement action against motor vehicle operators and bicyclists who commit traffic violations which place themselves, and other motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians at risk.

The Madison Police Department is committed to improving traffic safety in 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