To enhance safety for all travelers, the Wisconsin State Patrol plans to use aircraft and ground-based officers to enforce speed limits and other traffic laws in Marathon and Oneida counties in the coming weeks. Aerial enforcement missions are planned for:

  • July 18 along Highway 51 in Marathon County
  • July 25 along Interstate-39 in Marathon County
  • Aug. 1 along Highway 51 in Oneida County

Most State Patrol aerial missions are made possible through federal funds specifically designated to support traffic law enforcement. The State Patrol analyzes data on traffic citations, crash reports and related information to identify highway corridors for enforcement initiatives.

“We often announce enforcement efforts like this to emphasize that the goal is public safety through voluntary compliance with traffic laws – not to stop or cite motorists,” said Captain Travis Wanless from the State Patrol’s North Central Region. If weather conditions are unfavorable for flying, enforcement typically proceeds using ground-based units.