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WisDOT Radio Newsline

May 22, 2015

Plan ahead, buckle-up, watch your speed and be patient. Motorists should expect plenty of traffic over the Memorial Day weekend. To ease congestion, work on most highway construction projects in Wisconsin will come to a temporary stop, but motorists should still be alert for work zones, traffic slow-downs and possible delays. Peak travel periods are expected between noon and 8 p.m. both today (5/22) and Monday (5/25). Before heading out, motorists can check the 511 Travel Information System for the latest on any incidents or delays. Audio

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With another summer travel season getting underway, transportation safety officials are urging all motorists to be responsible and safe. It’s a sobering reality that traffic fatalities tend to peak in Wisconsin during the busy summer travel months. A total of 11 people died in Wisconsin traffic crashes last Memorial Day weekend. To help keep travelers safe, hundreds of law enforcement agencies across the state will patrol in greater numbers and for longer hours as part of the “Click It or Ticket” safety belt mobilization through May 31.

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State legislation increasing the speed limit to 70 mph along rural Interstates in Wisconsin was signed into law this week. Drivers are reminded the new speed limit won’t take effect until a highway segment is officially posted for the higher speed. Beginning next month, county highway crews will install about 470 new signs along 726 miles of rural Interstate in Wisconsin. Motorists are also reminded about the state’s Move Over Law that requires drivers to slow down and move over for all roadside workers including highway maintenance crews.

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Crashes in road construction zones are all too common — endangering motorists, workers and potentially bringing traffic to a standstill. The Wisconsin State Patrol’s Law of the Month is a reminder that traffic fines double in work zones. The goal is to slow down traffic and prevent rear-end collisions often caused by drivers going too fast or following too closely. And while workers are vulnerable, three out of four people killed in work zone crashes are motorists. Last year in Wisconsin, 12 people lost their lives and another 832 were injured following work zone crashes. Audio

For more information, contact:

Rob Miller, WisDOT Office of Public Affairs
(608) 266-2405, robert.miller@dot.wi.gov


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