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September 12, 2014

Since it was created 75 years ago this month, a lot has changed for the Wisconsin State Patrol such as computer technology, vehicle and communications equipment. But one thing has remained constant: the State Patrolís commitment to public safety. A division of the Wisconsin DOT, the State Patrol has some 489 sworn officers including troopers and inspectors who enforce traffic laws, assist motorists, inspect commercial motor vehicles, school buses and ambulances. Along with Air Support and K-9 units, State Patrol personnel also reconstruct traffic crash and crime scenes. On September 1, 1939, the Wisconsin Legislature created the Motor Vehicle Departmentís Inspection and Enforcement Division which would evolve into todayís State Patrol. Audio

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Some 40,000 motorcycle enthusiasts are converging on Tomahawk for the annual Fall Ride benefitting the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Today and Saturday, people can see and tour the Wisconsin DOTís Transportable High-End Rider Education Facility at Sara Park in Tomahawk. THE REF provides an inter-active experience for motorcycle riders and non-riders, encouraging all motorists to share the road and travel safely.

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Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 13 in the U.S. To highlight this danger and encourage the proper use of child safety restraints, September 15 to 21 has been declared national Child Passenger Safety Week. Itís estimated that up to 80 percent of child safety seats are used or installed incorrectly. State safety officials say children 12 and under should always ride in the back seat - and depending on their age and weight - should be in an approved car seat or booster seat. To help adults determine the proper type and way to install a child safety seat, the Wisconsin DOT has an online instructional video on its ďZero in WisconsinĒ webpage. Audio

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The Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles is receiving national recognition for efforts related to teen driver safety. The Governorís Highway Safety Association is recognizing the ďParentís Supervised Driving ProgramĒ that represents a joint effort between the Wisconsin DMV, Safe Roads Alliance and West Bend Mutual Insurance. The program includes a printed guidebook teens receive when they pass their written learnerís permit exam that focuses on the important role parents play in helping teens become responsible drivers.

 

For more information, contact:

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


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