The Wisconsin State Patrol announces new efforts to reduce risky driving on the Beltline

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) – The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) announced new measures Thursday to stop risky driving on the Beltline.

WisDOT says there will be special traffic enforcement patrols on the Beltline throughout the summer.

Officials say it’s important to keep these roads safe because thousands of people take the Beltline every day.

“The Flex Lane is a great benefit to the community, reducing congestion and reducing travel times, but we need drivers to drive slower,” said WisDOT Secretary Craig Thompson. “Beltline safety starts with obeying the speed limit and appropriate use of the Flex Lane.”

Officials say the Wisconsin State Patrol conducted additional patrols on the Beltline in late April. Several drivers were cited for speeding and one driver was cited for driving 120 miles per hour on the closed Flex Lane.

Wisconsin State Patrol Superintendent Timothy Carnahan says road safety is everyone’s responsibility.

“We’ve seen an increase in risky driving behavior and speeding across the country, and that’s dangerous,” Carnahan said. “We are implementing special surveillance patrols on the Beltline to remind drivers to obey traffic laws and keep the Beltline safe and efficient for everyone.”

Officers also remind drivers to pull over to the right shoulder if stopped by police.

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