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State Patrol, Local Law Enforcement to Target Crash "Hotspots"


The Wisconsin State Patrol along with local law enforcement agencies are planning increased enforcement in several communities in northeast Wisconsin in areas known as crash “hotspots”. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Wisconsin State Patrol and local police agencies work in cooperation with the UW-Madison Traffic Operations and Safety lab to collect and analyze data on traffic crashes and citations. That information is used to create focused efforts to cut down on dangerous driving behaviors such as speeding, drivers not wearing their seatbelt and distracted or impaired driving.

In the City of Fond du Lac and Fond du Lac County, the data identified crash “hotspots” and their top contributing factors, including:

--South Macy Street/South Park Avenue and Fourth Street – Bicyclist Crashes

--North Main Street and East Johnson Street – Distracted drivers

--US Highway 45 - Distracted Drivers and Teen Drivers

According to a media release, over the last three years in June, July and August, there were 422 injury crashes in Fond du Lac County. Those crashes resulted in 596 injuries and 10 fatalities. The DOT identifies the following factors as contributing to those crashes:

--Teen Drivers (19%)

--Distracted Driving (17%)

--Driving without a seatbelt (16%)

--Speeding (13%)

Increased enforcement is also planned for areas in Winnebago County and Brown County

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