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Newsline audio releases – January 23, 2015

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Chris Truitt with the Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles has some important advice for vehicle owners any time you sell, trade in, or salvage a vehicle.

Cut 1: Chris Truitt, DMV (350 KB/22 seconds)

“Any time you get rid of your vehicle, whether you sell it, whether you trade it in, whether it’s taken to a salvage yard — you really need to remember to grab your own plates. If you fail to do this, it can actually create some pretty significant problems for you. For example, if you forget to take your plates and the new owner starts accumulating parking tickets using those plates, you could be the one on the hook.”

Cut 2: Chris Truitt, DMV (423 KB/27 seconds)

“A couple other things that you do need to keep in mind especially when selling a vehicle privately — in addition to keeping your plates — always ensure the odometer reading and the sales price are correctly noted on the title and also has to be properly signed. And probably the most important thing though is — if you’re selling your vehicle, keep the title until you actually get the cash for it. Once you give up that title — once it’s signed — you’re essentially giving away ownership of that vehicle whether or not you have the money.”

Cut 3: Wrap with Truitt (890 KB/57 seconds)

It’s simple advice, but it could save you some major headaches: hang onto your vehicle’s license plates. This is Chris Truitt with the Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles…

“Any time you get rid of your vehicle, whether you sell it, whether you trade it in, whether it’s taken to a salvage yard — you really need to remember to grab your own plates. If you fail to do this, it can actually create some pretty significant problems for you. For example, if you forget to take your plates and the new owner starts accumulating parking tickets using those plates, you could be the one on the hook.”

Transferring license plates is often a good option as long as your old and new vehicles are in the same classification. The bottom line Truitt says, always keep your plates…

“I think it’s very important to remember that plates don’t actually belong to the vehicle — they belong to the person. So just remember, if you’re leaving your vehicle someplace, whether it’s sold, traded in, junked, bring the plates with you.”

This is Rob Miller reporting.

A drive along several Wisconsin roads can be just the cure for the winter blues. Jane Carrola is coordinator of the state’s rustic roads and scenic byways programs.

Cut 1: Jane Carrola, Rustic Roads and Scenic Byways Programs (336 KB/21 seconds)

“Both rustic roads and scenic byways offer year-round travel and year-round scenery. However, it can look very different between seasons. Rolling hills look very different covered in snow rather than with crops. Wildlife viewing may be easier; water views may be more visible without tree cover.”

Cut 2: Jane Carrola, Rustic Roads and Scenic Byways Programs (404 KB/26 seconds)

I would say rather than being an armchair traveler, the best way to view both rustic roads and scenic byways is to either use your vehicle or to get to a certain point and experience them on foot. And, even if you have traveled them before, some new vista or something different may occur to you or you might see something that you hadn’t seen before.”

Cut 3: Wrap with Carrola (1941 KB/62 seconds)

When you think of a Sunday afternoon drive, it likely isn’t during the winter. However, Jane Carrola, coordinator of Wisconsin’s rustic roads and scenic byways programs, says Old Man Winter provides some spectacular sights.

“I would say rather than being an armchair traveler, the best way to view both rustic roads and scenic byways is to either use your vehicle or to get to a certain point and experience them on foot. And, even if you have traveled them before, some new vista or something different may occur to you or you might see something that you hadn’t seen before.”

There are 117 designated rustic roads around Wisconsin and four scenic byways. To find about more about these wintertime travel opportunities, visit www.wisconsindot.gov and search for rustic roads or scenic byways. Keeping you connected to WisDOT, this is Brock Bergey reporting.


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