I-90 and I-94 will see increased patrols

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Gazette staff
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Wisconsin State Patrol and other law enforcement agencies across the country plan to focus their traffic enforcement on Interstates 90 and 94 from Friday through Monday.

Drivers will see “significantly more troopers,” including aircraft, during what the State Patrol is calling the I-90/94 Challenge, a State Patrol news release says.

“The State Patrol and our counterparts in other states are striving to get motorists to slow down, pay attention, and drive sober,” according to the news release. “We also want everyone in a vehicle buckled up. …

“We're not focusing on writing more traffic tickets. We're simply trying to increase voluntary compliance with traffic laws in order to save lives and reduce injuries," the release continues. “But if voluntary compliance fails, we will take appropriate enforcement action.”

The operation was timed to coincide with the start of what has been the deadliest month on Wisconsin roads. During the last five years, an average of 62 people died in crashes in August.

The I-90/94 Challenge covers nearly 5,700 miles of Interstate. It is sponsored by the International Association of the Chiefs of Police.

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