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City of Stevens Point News

Posted on: June 26, 2012

[ARCHIVED] Portage County Sheriffs Summer Heat Speed Enforcement

To combat speeding and other dangerous driving that causes traffic crashes, Portage County Sheriff's Department and other law enforcement agencies in Wisconsin will mobilize the Summer Heat campaign from Monday, July 2, through Wednesday, July 18.

To combat speeding and other dangerous driving that causes traffic crashes, Portage County Sheriff's Department and other law enforcement agencies in Wisconsin will mobilize the Summer Heat campaign from Monday, July 2, through Wednesday, July 18.

To participate in Summer Heat, Portage County Sheriff's Department will receive federal funding from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Bureau of Transportation Safety for officers’ overtime and other traffic enforcement related expenses. The mobilization will be backed by statewide television and radio messages from the WisDOT Zero In Wisconsin campaign.

"Using federal funding to put more officers on patrol during Summer Heat, we will strive to prevent crashes by motivating drivers to comply voluntarily with the posted speed limits. However, if voluntary compliance fails we will not hesitate to enforce speed limits and other traffic safety laws stringently. Our goal is not to write more speeding tickets but to reduce the number of preventable deaths to Zero In Wisconsin."

According to WisDOT, speeding is prevalent and deadly on Wisconsin roads. On average during the past five years, more than 200 people have died annually in speed-related crashes. Last year, there were more than 180,000 convictions for speeding violations.

A speeding ticket can cost hundreds of dollars. But the real price you pay for speeding is endangering your life and the lives of everyone on the road. Portage County will be staffing extra shifts of deputies dedicated to traffic enforcement with an emphasis on speed related violations, seat belt enforcement, and impaired driving. The purpose of this enforcement is not to write more tickets, but to gain voluntary compliance and help people make better driving decisions.

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