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Newsline audio releases – December 19, 2014

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Winter officially begins Sunday. David Pabst, director of the Wisconsin DOT’s Bureau of Transportation Safety, talks about keeping yourself safe on winter roadways.

Cut 1: David Pabst, director of the Bureau of Transportation Safety (375 KB/24 seconds)

“If at all possible, stay off the roads when conditions get really bad. But if you have to travel, buckle up and slow down. Be aware of what’s going on in front of you. If you do slide off the road and find yourself stranded, stay in your vehicle, keep your seat belt on, and wait for emergency responders. You want to stay in your vehicle because it offers protection from the weather, but it also protects you from other vehicles that might come upon the crash scene and spin out of control.”

Cut 2: David Pabst, director of the Bureau of Transportation Safety (359 KB/23 seconds)

“By staying off the roads when conditions are bad, it allows highway crews to do their job of plowing and salting. If you have to travel, make sure to let someone know where you’re headed and what route you’re taking. Then buckle up. Make sure your headlights are on. Leave plenty of stopping distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. And if you do get stranded, stay calm, stay buckled up in your vehicle and wait for emergency responders.”

Cut 3: Wrap with Pabst (837 KB/53 seconds)

The official arrival of winter means drivers will likely face special challenges and decisions over the next few months. David Pabst, director of the Wisconsin DOT’s Bureau of Transportation Safety, says when travel conditions deteriorate, the best advice for drivers is to simply delay their trip.

“By staying off the roads when conditions are bad, it allows highway crews to do their job of plowing and salting. If you have to travel, make sure to let someone know where you’re headed and what route you’re taking. Then buckle up. Make sure your headlights are on. Leave plenty of stopping distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. And if you do get stranded, stay calm, stay buckled up in your vehicle and wait for emergency responders.”

If your vehicle slides off the road, it’s generally safest to remain buckled up inside since it provides protection from the weather, and from other vehicles that might also lose control and slide into you. This is Rob Miller reporting.

Don’t allow thieves to steal your holiday cheer. Sergeant David Harvey with the Wisconsin State Patrol talks about things people can do to discourage burglars over the Holiday season.

Cut 1: Sgt. David Harvey, State Patrol (261 KB/17 seconds)

“Theft is often a crime of opportunity — so what we’re suggesting is that people take steps to minimize opportunities for thieves. When you’re out doing your holiday shopping, keep your vehicle locked at all times — and if possible — keep gifts or other valuables locked in your vehicle’s trunk or somewhere where they’re out of sight.”

Cut 2: Sgt. David Harvey, State Patrol (320 KB/20 seconds)

"Especially around this time of year, police respond to a lot of 'smash and grab' type of crimes. It can happen in parking lots, along a street, or even in your own driveway — and it can really 'put a damper' on your holiday spirits. So people should try and park in well-lit, well-traveled areas, and keep any valuables in a vehicle locked away and out of plain sight.”

Cut 3: Wrap with Harvey (584 KB/37 seconds)

As people finish up their holiday shopping, law enforcement officials are suggesting shoppers take some simple steps to protect themselves and their property. This is Sergeant David Harvey with the Wisconsin State Patrol.

“Theft is often a crime of opportunity — so what we’re suggesting is that people take steps to minimize opportunities for thieves. When you’re out doing your holiday shopping, keep your vehicle locked at all times — and if possible — keep gifts or other valuables locked in your vehicle’s trunk or somewhere where they’re out of sight.”

It’s also a good idea to try and park your vehicle in well-lit, well-traveled areas. This is Rob Miller reporting.


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