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(July 30th, 2010)

On Friday evening, July 30, through early Saturday morning, the Madison Police Department will conduct a traffic initiative aimed at identifying and apprehending motorists who are operating under the influence of alcohol. This initiative is scheduled to take place along the 3300 block of East Washington Avenue.

Madison Police officers from the East District Community Policing Team and the Traffic Enforcement Safety Team, supplemented by officers funded through an overtime grant coordinated through the Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Safety, will be participating in this initiative. Officers working this initiative will be specifically targeting those drivers operating under the influence, but will also be targeting drivers committing other traffic violations, as well as targeting equipment violations, including safety belt violations.

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. Remember - don't drink and drive!


  • Lt. Bitterman, 608-266-4622