TRAFFIC UNIT PRESS RELEASE (June 15th, 2010)

June 16, 2010

Speed enforcement initiative on area highways

On Friday, June 11th, members of the Madison Police Department and the Madison Police Department's Traffic Enforcement Safety Team, in conjunction with similar efforts by the Dane County Sheriff's Department and Wisconsin State Patrol, participated in an enforcement initiative targeting speeding on area highways.

This initiative, conducted between the hours of 7a-9p, resulted in 96 traffic stops for observed violations along the Hwy. 12 & 18 Beltline corridor, largely for offenses related to speed. The number of traffic citations issued is not yet available.

The Madison Police Department reminds you that safety on our roadways is everyone's responsibility, and that while we are committed to improving safety by increasing compliance with traffic laws through education and enforcement, 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. A. Bitterman, (608) 266-4622