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Newsline audio releases – October 31, 2014

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Daylight Saving Time and Election Day raise additional safety concerns for drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists. Larry Corsi with the Wisconsin DOT’s Bureau of Transportation Safety says people need to switch mindsets.

Cut 1: Larry Corsi, Bureau of Transportation Safety (373 KB/24 seconds)

“From 5 o’clock ‘til 8 o’clock it’s going to be pretty dark out there and people don’t normally see that amount of pedestrians in those given areas. So they need to slow down, keep an eye out and the pedestrians need to be very careful and not in a big hurry to get across the street to vote or back to their car. So it’s more less caution on both ends, motorists and the pedestrians end of it to take their time, be careful and make sure you’re looking both ways, and you can see where you’re going and what’s coming at you.”

Cut 2: Larry Corsi, Bureau of Transportation Safety (287 KB/18 seconds)

“When you have a line that runs outside, hopefully they’ve got this planned out, but they can line it up so it goes down a sidewalk, around the side of a building and stays out of area where motor vehicles are commonly going to pull into park or going by on streets. That’s a big safety issue is making sure that where you’re staying is a safe place to be and the motor vehicles should not be.”

Cut 3: Wrap with Corsi (778 KB/50 seconds)

Wisconsin voters will have plenty on their minds when they head to the polls on Tuesday. However, one thing many people won’t think about is their safety on Election Day. Larry Corsi, with WisDOT’s Bureau of Transportation Safety, says drivers and pedestrians need to be extra alert, especially with the end of Daylight Saving Time.

“From 5 o’clock ‘til 8 o’clock it’s going to be pretty dark out there and people don’t normally see that amount of pedestrians in those given areas. So they need to slow down, keep an eye out and the pedestrians need to be very careful and not in a big hurry to get across the street to vote or back to their car. So it’s more less caution on both ends, motorists and the pedestrians end of it to take their time, be careful and make sure you’re looking both ways, and you can see where you’re going and what’s coming at you.”

With the likelihood of long lines at several polling places, Corsi says when a line continues outside, voters need to stay on a sidewalk or along the building. A line should never extend into the street or a parking lot. This is Brock Bergey reporting.

Fall is a time when many people look to upgrade their vehicle. Michael Domke (dahm-kee) with the Wisconsin DOT’s Division of Motor Vehicles has some car-buying tips that could save you time, money and headaches.

Cut 1: Michael Domke, DMV (364 KB/23 seconds)

“Know the type of vehicle that meets your needs, know your budget and stick within it. But be careful. It’s easy to get caught up in the moment and deviate from your plan which often will end in regret. Check with private lenders and dealerships to find out what financing option makes the most sense and fits within your budget. And if you’re buying a used vehicle, privately or from a dealer, a vehicle history report is often a wise investment.”

Cut 2: Michael Domke, DMV (295 KB/19 seconds)

“Be wary of dealers that lure you in to prize promotions, and then use high pressure sales tactics to force you into a decision. Take your time, shop around and compare. Finally, some people incorrectly believe they have a “three-day right to cancel.” But if you buy a new or used vehicle from a dealer and you sign on the dotted line, you own that vehicle.”

Cut 3: Wrap with Domke (711 KB/45 seconds)

Fall is a time many people look to buy a new or pre-owned vehicle, and dealers promote end-of-model-year sales. Michael Domke with the Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles has some car-buying tips that could save you time, money and headaches.

“Know the type of vehicle that meets your needs, know your budget and stick within it. But be careful. It’s easy to get caught up in the moment and deviate from your plan which often will end in regret. Check with private lenders and dealerships to find out what financing option makes the most sense and fits within your budget. And if you’re buying a used vehicle, privately or from a dealer, a vehicle history report is often a wise investment.”

Domke says some consumers mistakenly believe they have a “three-day right to cancel” a vehicle purchase. But when you go to a dealership and sign on the line, there’s no turning back. You own the vehicle. This is Rob Miller reporting.


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