Interstate aerial traffic enforcement underway

The Wisconsin State Patrol is conducting aerial traffic enforcement along Interstate 39/90 between Madison and Beloit in Dane and Rock counties.

Motorists are urged to be alert, obey the posted  55 mph speed limit, and eliminate distractions when driving in this 40 mile construction zone, according to a news release.

Work zone safety is one of WisDOT’s top priorities and the penalties for careless driving are steep.

In work zones, fines and demerit points can double:

  • Penalties for speeding may range up to $600. For motorists, a second violation within a year may carry a penalty of up to $1,200.
  • Careless drivers may face fines of up to $700 and a possible 3 ½ years in prison if they injure someone in a work zone.
  • The fines for vehicular manslaughter are even higher, as are the prison terms – as many as 10 years. These punishments may increase if the driver was intoxicated or a repeat offender.
  • It is illegal to talk on a handheld mobile device while driving in a Wisconsin work zone. Drivers caught in violation face fines of up to $40 on first offense and $100 for subsequent offenses. For more go to WKOW:

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