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Newsline audio releases – September 12, 2014

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The Wisconsin State Patrol celebrates its 75 year anniversary this month. Lieutenant Colonel Brian Rahn says despite the many changes that have occurred, the State Patrol’s commitment to public safety remains the same.

Cut 1: Lt. Col. Brian Rahn, State Patrol (374 KB/24 seconds)

“Obviously over the last 75 years we’ve seen many changes, not only in the State Patrol but in law enforcement as a whole. Vehicle equipment has improved, seat belts, air bags, ABS, all are making our vehicles safer today. Technologies have also grown in the vehicles with GPS, computers in the police cars, radio and communications systems — all of these that are utilized by the State Patrol today that were not there 75 years ago.”

Cut 2: Lt. Col. Brian Rahn, State Patrol (325 KB/21 seconds)

“Today, the Wisconsin State Patrol has about 490 sworn officers located throughout the state of Wisconsin. This includes our troopers who enforce traffic laws, assist motorists, and focus on public safety. Our inspectors help ensure commercial motor vehicles and drivers are safely operating those vehicles. They do that through enforcement and compliance checks.”

Cut 3: Wrap with Rahn (1048 KB/67 seconds)

This month, the Wisconsin State Patrol celebrates its 75 year anniversary. Lieutenant Colonel Brian Rahn talks about the many changes that have occurred.

“Obviously over the last 75 years we’ve seen many changes, not only in the State Patrol but in law enforcement as a whole. Vehicle equipment has improved, seat belts, air bags, ABS, all are making our vehicles safer today. Technologies have also grown in the vehicles with GPS, computers in the police cars, radio and communications systems — all of these that are utilized by the State Patrol today that were not there 75 years ago.”

However, Rahn says, one thing remains the same: the State Patrol’s commitment to public safety. Today, the Wisconsin State Patrol includes about 490 sworn officers around the state including troopers who enforce traffic laws and assist motorists, along with inspectors who help ensure the safety of commercial motor vehicles and drivers. It was September 1, 1939, when the Wisconsin Legislature created the Motor Vehicle Department’s Inspection and Enforcement Division that would evolve into today’s State Patrol. This is Rob Miller reporting.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for one to 13-year-olds in the U.S. Jacqueline (Kah-mean) Kamin, with WisDOT’s Bureau of Transportation Safety, explains a nationwide effort to keep our youngest of travelers safe on the roads.

Cut 1: Jacqueline Kamin, Bureau of Transportation Safety (304 KB/19 seconds)

“National Child Safety Week is about reminding parents and caregivers to always make sure their children are properly and safely restrained in their vehicles. The best way to do this is to put them in the right seat and use it the right way. Unfortunately, this is confusing for many adults and caregivers. That’s why we rely on certified technicians to keep their children safely in their seats.”

Cut 2: Jacqueline Kamin, Bureau of Transportation Safety (383 KB/24 seconds)

“We have Car Seat Check Saturday coming up on September 20. This is where many communities will be holding free events to have your seat installed and checked by a certified technician. Also, through our Zero in Wisconsin program, we’ve put together an instructional video on how to properly and legally use safety seats here in Wisconsin. You can find the video by going to wisconsindot.gov and looking for the Zero in Wisconsin logo.”

Cut 3: Wrap with Kamin (871 KB/56 seconds)

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for one to 13-year-olds in the United States. Jacqueline (Kah-mean) Kamin, with WisDOT’s Bureau of Transportation Safety, explains a nationwide effort to keep our youngest of travelers safe on the roads.

“National Child Safety Week is about reminding parents and caregivers to always make sure their children are properly and safely restrained in their vehicles. The best way to do this is to put them in the right seat and use it the right way. Unfortunately, this is confusing for many adults and caregivers. That’s why we rely on certified technicians to keep their children safely in their seats.”

WisDOT’s Zero in Wisconsin program has an online instructional video to show you how to properly and legally use child safety seats here in Wisconsin. You can find that video by going to wisconsindot.gov and clicking on the Zero in Wisconsin logo. This is Brock Bergey reporting.

 


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