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Newsline audio releases – May 22, 2015

Listed below are MP3 audio files and the text of actualities and wraps associated with WisDOT's Radio Newsline.

It’s going to be a busy three-day weekend on Wisconsin roadways. Don Greuel (groyle) with the Wisconsin DOT’s Bureau of Project Development talks about what travelers can expect.

Cut 1: Don Greuel, Bureau of Project Development (290 KB/18 seconds)

“We’re asking work crews to pull back as many construction barrels as possible to help traffic flow, but people will still encounter work zones — so they’ll need to slow down and stay alert. The most common work zone crash is a rear-end collision often caused by people going too fast or following other vehicles too closely.”

Cut 2: Don Greuel, Bureau of Project Development (241 KB/15 seconds)

“We expect peak travel periods to occur between noon and 8 p.m. on both Friday and Memorial Day. Before heading out on the roads, we suggest people use the 511 travel information system to find out the latest about any traffic incidents or delays.”

Cut 3: Wrap with Greuel (745 KB/48 seconds)

If you’ll be heading out on the highways over the Memorial Day weekend, expect plenty of company. Don Greuel with the Wisconsin DOT’s Bureau of Project Development says most construction work will come to a temporary halt but motorists will still see plenty of orange.

“We’re asking work crews to pull back as many construction barrels as possible to help traffic flow, but people will still encounter work zones — so they’ll need to slow down and stay alert. The most common work zone crash is a rear-end collision often caused by people going too fast or following other vehicles too closely.”

Before heading out on the roadways, motorists can find out the latest on any lane closures or traffic incidents by checking the state’s 511 travel information system. This is Rob Miller reporting.

The Wisconsin State Patrol Law of the Month for May reminds drivers that fines are double for work zone traffic violations. State Patrol Inspector Tom Tweedy says the stiffer fines help protect workers, and motorists passing through a work zone.

Cut 1: Inspector Tom Tweedy, State Patrol (324 KB/21 seconds)

“Well, as drivers approach or enter a work zone, they should expect that traffic is going to be slowing down. And what often happens is drivers are just coming in too fast and that may result in them rear-ending the vehicle in front of them or cause them to swerve and be involved in a crash. So when you seen orange signs or barrels out on the roadway, we just ask that you please slow down and be alert."

Cut 2: Inspector Tom Tweedy, State Patrol (333 KB/21 seconds)

“Work zones can be a real challenge to navigate. They often involve narrow lanes and uneven pavements, so it really requires a driver’s full attention. Highway workers are especially vulnerable, but most deaths and injuries in work zone crashes involve motorists travelling through those zones. So again, we just need drivers to slow down and be alert when they’re in those zones."

Cut 3: Wrap with Tweedy (984 KB/63 seconds)

Crashes in road construction zones are all too common — endangering motorists, workers and potentially bringing traffic to a standstill. The Wisconsin State Patrol’s Law of the Month is a reminder that traffic fines double in work zones. This is Wisconsin State Patrol Inspector Tom Tweedy.

“Well, as drivers approach or enter a work zone, they should expect that traffic is going to be slowing down. And what often happens is drivers are just coming in too fast and that may result in them rear-ending the vehicle in front of them or cause them to swerve and be involved in a crash. So when you seen orange signs or barrels out on the roadway, we just ask that you please slow down and be alert."

While workers are vulnerable, Inspector Tweedy says three out of four people killed in work zone crashes are motorists.

“The fines are double in work zones and that’s to protect the highway workers, but it’s also to help encourage people to comply with the traffic laws.”

Last year in Wisconsin, 12 people lost their lives and another 832 were injured following work zone crashes. This is Rob Miller reporting.


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