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New School Year Brings Increased Traffic Enforcement

Aug. 25, 2009

Drivers are being warned to give themselves plenty of time to get to work and school beginning next week. The Cudahy Police Department is once again stepping up speed enforcement. It’s something they do every year when kids go back to school.

“Traffic safety is a priority all year around. But with the higher volume of children, increased traffic congestion and the possibility of distracted drivers, excessive speed can be a real factor in safety during the school year,” said Cudahy Police Chief Thomas Poellot. “We ask everyone to slow down and drive cautiously, especially in school zones.”

Police officers will be working in teams, with one officer operating the radar/ laser gun and another officer making traffic stops and writing tickets.

Cudahy police are also encouraging teenage drivers and passengers to buckle up. Officers will be conducting occasional and random seat belt checks in the parking lot of Cudahy High School. Students who are found to be buckled up will get coupons for free McDonald’s products, courtesy of the Cudahy McDonald’s.

“Statistics show teen safety belt usage is much lower than other age groups,” Chief Poellot said. “If we can get people to begin wearing seat belts at a young age, they’ll wear them for life.”

According to the Department of Transportation, Wisconsin’s safety belt use rate is about 74%, one of the lowest in the nation and well below the national average of 83%.

The state’s new primary seat belt enforcement law, which took effect July 1, should help boost Wisconsin’s numbers. Under the law, officers can stop and ticket motorists for failing to buckle up, just like any other routine traffic violation.

The penalty for violating Wisconsin’s primary enforcement law is a $10 fine. The penalty for violating the child passenger law, which requires children under eight to be restrained in appropriate child safety restraints, can be as high as $75.

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