Crackdown on Speeders

By: Amanda Lutz
By: Amanda Lutz

Starting this week, sheriff deputies in Marathon County will aggressively go after drivers breaking the speed limit. It's part of the department's "Summer Speed Enforcement Mobilization" project.

Extra sheriff patrols will line areas along Highways 29 and 51 this month in an effort to crack down on speeders. The department works with state and local law enforcement during these crackdown periods.

During the next few weeks, deputies will focus on speeding violations, but will still enforce all traffic laws.

"We write more tickets during that time, because we’re just handling traffic. We're hot handling any other type of calls, so the numbers do go up," says Dep. Roy Melanson of the Marathon County Sheriff's Department.

Deputies say these programs are especially good to have during the summer. Clear roads with few hazards make it tempting to break the speed limit.

"It seems speed increases during the summer with the clear, bright days," Melanson says. "People are driving faster."

Later this month, sheriff deputies will also aggressively enforce drinking and driving laws.

Some good news as a result of programs like this: traffic deaths in Wisconsin are down significantly this year from the same time last year.

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