State Patrol plans aerial enforcement in Sauk, Columbia counties

Wisconsin State Patrol
Wisconsin State Patrol

The Wisconsin State Patrol is planning aerial enforcement in Sauk and Columbia counties later in the week.

Two aerial missions have been scheduled:

  • Thursday along Interstate-39/90/94 in Columbia County
  • Saturday on I-90/94 in Sauk County

Both pilots and officers on the ground will be enforcing speed limits and other traffic laws.

“Excessive speed has been a contributing factor to a large number of 2020’s fatal crashes,” Superintendent Anthony Burrell said. “We choose to 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.”

If flying conditions worsen either of those days due to inclement weather, State Patrol will use ground-based units instead.

State Patrol’s Air Support Unit uses highway markings and a Visual Average Speed Computer and Recorder to determine vehicle speeds. Pilots then contact officials on the ground to issue traffic stops on drivers who are speeding or being reckless.