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To crack down on speeding and other dangerous driving behaviors, Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Division of State Patrol pilots flew 87 traffic safety aerial enforcement missions in 2014.
State Patrol officers worked in partnership with other law enforcement agencies during the federally funded aerial enforcement missions. Their results in 2014 were:
• 2,623 traffic stops
• 1,821 speeding citations (Two different drivers were cited for 101 mph, which was the fastest speed cited during the missions.)
• Five operating while intoxicated (OWI) arrests
• 62 safety belt violation citations and two child safety restraint violation citations
• 2,102 total citations
In addition, as the result of aerial enforcement mission traffic stops, there were 15 drug arrests, four felony arrests, 24 misdemeanor arrests and eight warrant arrests.
Many of the missions were announced in advance on Twitter (https://twitter.com/WisconsinDOT) @WisconsinDOT #WisDOT to increase voluntary compliance with traffic laws.
“Aerial enforcement is a valuable traffic safety enforcement tool. From the air, our pilots can identify traffic violations as they occur over an extended distance and expanse of roadways,” says David Pabst, director of the WisDOT Bureau of Transportation Safety. “In addition, pilots can detect traffic violations in areas that are difficult for enforcement by officers on the ground such as construction work zones, no passing zones, and roadways without adequate shoulders or median crossovers for stopped cruisers.”