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Newsline audio releases - July 25, 2014

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Governor Walker has proclaimed July 28th through August 3 as Wisconsin Aviation Week. Tom DeWinter, with WisDOT’s Bureau of Aeronautics, explains the value of this statewide recognition.

Cut 1: Tom DeWinter, Bureau of Aeronautics (287 KB/18 seconds)

“It’s a chance to educate people on air travel as part of a multimodal transportation system in the state. Aviation goes beyond passenger and recreational flights. Many Wisconsin businesses rely on air travel to ship and receive goods and services, as well as transporting people. So, overall it’s a major contributor to the state’s economy.”

Cut 2: Tom DeWinter, Bureau of Aeronautics (339 KB/22 seconds)

“The State of Wisconsin does not own any of these airports. Mostly, they are municipaly-owned so we work closely with the local governments on airport improvement projects such as runway and taxiway, pavement rehabilitation, expansion; hangar development; and terminal area renovations, and other airport needs. Our goal is to make Wisconsin airports as safe and efficient as possible.”

Cut 3: Wrap with DeWinter (1035 KB/66 seconds)

The state’s aviation industry takes off next week. Governor Walker has proclaimed July 28 through August 3 as Wisconsin Aviation Week. Tom DeWinter with WisDOT’s Bureau of Aeronautics explains the value of this statewide recognition.

“It’s a chance to educate people on air travel as part of a multimodal transportation system in the state. Aviation goes beyond passenger and recreational flights. Many Wisconsin business rely on air travel to ship and receive goods and services, as well as transporting people. So, overall it’s a major contributor to the state’s economy.”

To the tune of about $7 billion a year, according to the latest Bureau of Aeronautics’ report, accounting for more than 90,000 jobs in Wisconsin. The state does not own airports; most are muncipally-owned and operated. However, the bureau works closely with local governments on airport improvement projects.

“Our goal is to make Wisconsin airports as safe and efficient as possible.”

Aviation Week is a joint effort between Wisconsin DOT and the Transportation Development Association of Wisconsin. This Brock Bergey reporting.

Randy Romanski, with the Wisconsin DOT’s Bureau of Transportation Safety, says speeding can cost you money, your life — and endangers everyone on or along a roadway.

Cut 1: Randy Romanski Bureau of Transportaqtion Safety (312 KB/20 seconds)

“Drivers who exceed the speed limit or drive too fast for conditions are risking their own life and the lives of everyone around them. They’re also risking an expensive citation. It’s estimated that people going 10 miles per hour over the speed limit will waste about 150 gallons of fuel in a year — and that translates to over $500 at today’s prices.”

Cut 2: Randy Romanski, Bureau of Transportation Safety (303 KB/19 seconds)

“Excessive speed is a factor in nearly one-third of all traffic fatalities in Wisconsin. It’s important to remember that posted speed limits apply when pavements are dry and travel conditions are ideal. State law requires people to reduce their speed accordingly based on factors like weather conditions, traffic volume or the presence of bicycles or pedestrians.”

Cut 3: Wrap with Romanski (905 974/62 seconds)

People who drive in excess of posted speed limits or faster than conditions allow take a number of risks. There’s the increased chance of receiving an expensive citation, or being involved in a serious or fatal crash. Randy Romanski with the Wisconsin DOT’s Bureau of Transportation Safety says, if that’s not enough, speeders also waste fuel and money.

“Drivers who exceed the speed limit or drive too fast for conditions are risking their own life and the lives of everyone around them. They’re also risking an expensive citation. It’s estimated that people going 10 miles per hour over the speed limit will waste about 150 gallons of fuel in a year — and that translates to over $500 at today’s prices.”

Posted speed limits apply under ideal traffic conditions. Drivers are required to adjust their speeds as weather, highway or other driving conditions warrant. Last year in Wisconsin, excessive speed was a factor in nearly one-third of all traffic deaths. This is Rob Miller reporting.


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