MADISON, Wis. (WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION NEWS RELEASE) -- The Wisconsin State Patrol along with law enforcement agencies across the country will mobilize on I-90 and I-94 from Friday through Monday (August 1 to 4) in an effort to reduce traffic deaths and injuries.
During the I-90/94 Challenge mobilization, drivers can expect to see significantly more troopers on I-90 and I-94 throughout Wisconsin augmented by State Patrol aircraft providing aerial enforcement of traffic laws.
"With high-visibility enforcement on the I-90 and I-94 corridors, the State Patrol and our counterparts in other states are striving to get motorists to slow down, pay attention, and drive sober. We also want everyone in a vehicle buckled up," says State Patrol Lieutenant Colonel Brian Rahn, director of the Bureau of Field Operations. "We’re not focusing on writing more traffic tickets. We’re simply trying to increase voluntary compliance with traffic laws in order to save lives and reduce injuries. But if voluntary compliance fails, we will take appropriate enforcement action."
In addition to the State Patrol, other law enforcement agencies in Wisconsin have been invited to participate in the I-90/94 Challenge.
The timing of the I-90/94 Challenge coincides with the start of what has been the deadliest month on Wisconsin roads. During the last five years, an average of 62 people died in crashes in August. Moreover, August 1969 remains the all-time deadliest month on Wisconsin roads with 154 traffic fatalities.
This year’s I-90/94 Challenge, which covers nearly 5,700 miles of interstate highways for 96 hours, is sponsored by the International Association of the Chiefs of Police.