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July 25, 2014

Wisconsin’s aviation industry is being propelled into the spotlight next week. Governor Walker has proclaimed July 28 to August 3 as “Wisconsin Aviation Week” to coincide with the annual EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh. Wisconsin’s eight commercial airports accommodated over four million passengers last year. The state is home to 131 public-use airports in communities small and large that also move about 118 million pounds of cargo annually. To support aviation’s important role in transporting people and commerce, the Wisconsin DOT oversaw $80 million in state and federal investments in 77 airport improvement projects around the state last year.Audio

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Drivers looking to beat the summer heat may consider tinting their vehicle’s windows. But overly-tinted windows can reduce a motorist’s ability to see — especially at nighttime — and create safety concerns for law enforcement officials who can’t see what’s going on inside a vehicle they’re approaching. State law says windshields cannot be tinted except for a narrow strip across the top. Tinting must allow 50 percent of light to pass through front-side windows and 35 percent of light to go through rear windows. Police can use a tint meter to measure light inside and outside a vehicle.

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Drivers who travel at speeds beyond posted limits or faster than conditions allow are risking an expensive citation, and increasing their chances of being involved in a serious or fatal crash. Excessive speed was a factor in nearly one-third of all Wisconsin traffic deaths last year. Along with the potential of being hurt, killed or cited while speeding, there are other good reasons to slow down. Speeders waste a considerable amount of fuel and money. Gas mileage decreases rapidly at speeds over 55 mph. It’s estimated that a person speeding by 10 mph will waste nearly 150 gallons of fuel per year and cost themselves over $500 with the current fuel prices. Audio

 

For more information, contact:

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


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