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Newsline audio releases – April 24, 2015

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It’s that time of year when people are getting boat trailers and campers ready to hit the road. Trooper Mel Yasick (Yay – sick) with the Wisconsin State Patrol has advice that can save people time and trouble.

Cut 1: Trooper Mel Yasick, State Patrol (307 KB/20 seconds)

“And we’re especially concerned that all trailers are properly connected to the vehicle and this means that vehicle hitches and trailer couplings should fit tightly and securely. And that safety chains, or cables or leveling bars are connected to the trailer and the vehicle. If you have equipment that’s in the boat, make sure it’s secured so it doesn’t bounce out of the boat while you’re driving down the road.”

Cut 2: Trooper Mel Yasick, State Patrol (351 KB/22 seconds)

“Well, as people look over their trailer, they should make sure the tires are in good shape and properly inflated and that includes the spare — make sure that’s inflated as well as having a jack that works for that trailer. Make sure all their trailer lights are working correctly. The goal is to try and address any problems before you head out on the road. Having to deal with a flat or a breakdown when you’re stopped on the highway is dangerous.”

Cut 3: Wrap with Yasick (908 KB/58 seconds)

As fishermen get their equipment ready for the May 2 opening of Wisconsin’s inland game fishing season, they also need to make sure that any trailer or camper they’re pulling is ready for the road. Trooper Mel Yasick with the Wisconsin State Patrol says this means carefully inspecting a trailer or camper’s tires, wheel bearings and that all lights are working.

“And we’re especially concerned that all trailers are properly connected to the vehicle and this means that vehicle hitches and trailer couplings should fit tightly and securely. And that safety chains, or cables or leveling bars are connected to the trailer and the vehicle. If you have equipment that’s in the boat, make sure it’s secured so it doesn’t bounce out of the boat while you’re driving down the road.”

Should any type of towed unit break free from a vehicle, Trooper Yasick says the results can be costly and tragic. Failing to properly secure a towed unit can result in a fine of over $200 and assessment of two demerit points. This is Rob Miller reporting.

Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for young people in Wisconsin. With high school prom season upon us, driving safety needs to be stressed. Randy Romanski with WisDOT’s Bureau of Transportation Safety, says the message is simple: don’t drink and drive.

Cut 1: Randy Romanski Bureau of Transportation Safety (653 KB/21 seconds)

No matter the age of the driver, drinking and driving is a tragedy waiting to happen. We know alcohol impairs judgement and reaction skills. Young drivers already lack experience behind the wheel. They are also most likely to take risks. Our goal: everyone has a safe and enjoyable prom — also we all want zero deaths on Wisconsin roads.”

Cut 2: Randy Romanski, Bureau of Transportation Safety (538 KB/17 seconds)

“The law is very clear. Drivers under the age of 21 are not allowed to have any alcohol in their system — not a drop — when they’re behind the wheel. Penalties for violating the law are severe: a fine of $390, three month license suspension, and four demerit points.”

Cut 3: Wrap with Romanski (1797 KB/57 seconds)

High school prom season is upon us, but all the glitz and glamour can quickly turn into trouble and tragedy when poor decisions are made. Randy Romanski with the Wisconsin DOT’s Bureau of Transportation Safety, says prom and alcohol never mix.

“No matter the age of the driver, drinking and driving is a tragedy waiting to happen. We know alcohol impairs judgement and reaction skills. Young drivers already lack experience behind the wheel. They are also most likely to take risks. Our goal: everyone has a safe and enjoyable prom — also we all want zero deaths on Wisconsin roads.”

Wisconsin’s Absolute Sobriety Law prohibits drivers under age 21 from having any amount of alcohol in their system. Young drivers who violate the law face a fine of nearly $400 and a three month driver license suspension. This is Brock Bergey reporting.


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