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Newsline audio releases – May 29, 2015

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Roadcheck is an annual 72-hour event that involves intensified inspections of commercial motor vehicles across North America. Lt. Karl Mittelstadt with the Wisconsin State Patrol talks about what will be happening in Wisconsin June 2 through 4.

Cut 1: Lt. Karl Mittelstadt, State Patrol (374 KB/24 seconds)

“We do inspect equipment on large trucks. Specifically, items that we’re looking for would be tires, brakes, lights, some of the more important safety equipment, steering, suspension and also to make sure the loads are properly secured. We’re also looking at drivers’ records of duty status to make sure that they’re within their hours of service rules and to make sure they do have the proper CDL and endorsements.”

Cut 2: Lt. Karl Mittelstadt, State Patrol (218 KB/14 seconds)

“The majority of trucks and drivers that operate commercial motor vehicles on the roadways are operating in a safe manner. During this 72-hour Roadcheck, our goal is to identify equipment and/or driver violations to help keep everyone safe.”

Cut 3: Wrap with Mittelstadt (878 KB/56 seconds)

Commercial motor vehicle safety is in the spotlight during the annual “Roadcheck” initiative across North America June 2 through 4. This is Wisconsin State Patrol Lieutenant Karl Mittelstadt.

“We do inspect equipment on large trucks. Specifically, items that we’re looking for would be tires, brakes, lights, some of the more important safety equipment, steering, suspension and also to make sure the loads are properly secured. We’re also looking at drivers’ records of duty status to make sure that they’re within their hours of service rules and to make sure they do have the proper CDL and endorsements.”

Lt. Mittelstadt says most commercial drivers and vehicles operate safely — the goal of Roadcheck is to identify those who don’t...

“Our ultimate goal with this initiative is to make our highways as safe as possible for all Wisconsin residents and others traveling in and around Wisconsin.”

This is Rob Miller reporting.

Car-deer crashes tend to increase in June and so do the chances for motorists to be injured in a collision with a deer. Wisconsin State Patrol Inspector Tom Tweedy talks about what motorists can do to stay safe

Cut 1: Inspector Tom Tweedy, State Patrol (270 KB/17 seconds)

“Well, June is when does are searching for places to give birth and young deer are also starting to separate from their mothers. And with that, we have more deer on the move and drivers may see an increase in deer that are darting out in front of their vehicles. The numbers show that June is one of the worst months for drivers and passengers being injured due to deer crashes.”

Cut 2: Inspector Tom Tweedy, State Patrol (275 KB/18 seconds)

“Motorists should be especially alert during morning and evening hours when deer are most active. Drivers should focus on the road and eliminate distractions and follow the posted speed limits. If you see one deer, look for more — deer usually don’t run alone. Brake firmly when you notice a deer in your path and don’t swerve because it can confuse the deer."

Cut 3: Wrap with Tweedy (926 KB/59 seconds)

Deer activity is increasing across Wisconsin as females search for places to give birth and fawns separate from their mothers. Wisconsin State Patrol Inspector Tom Tweedy says not only do car-deer crashes increase in June, it’s often the month when motorists are most likely to be injured following a collision with a deer.

“Motorists should be especially alert during morning and evening hours when deer are most active. Drivers should focus on the road and eliminate distractions and follow the posted speed limits. If you see one deer, look for more — deer usually don’t run alone. Brake firmly when you notice a deer in your path and don’t swerve because it can confuse the deer."

Motorcyclists are especially vulnerable. Last year in Wisconsin, 8 out of 10 people killed in crashes with deer were motorcyclists. If your vehicle strikes a deer, the best advice is to get your vehicle off the road if possible, stay inside your car or truck and contact law enforcement. This is Rob Miller reporting.


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