Dodge County's speed trap
JUNEAU - While speeding may shorten a driver's commute time, on Tuesday it might have made them late for work.
Law enforcement officials conducted 67 traffic stops during a four-hour traffic enforcement/criminal interdiction detail on Highway 41 in northeast Dodge County Tuesday morning.
The Wisconsin State Patrol teamed up with the Dodge County Sheriff's Department, Lomira Police Department and the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigations on Tuesday to conduct the detail and heavy emphasis was placed in an active construction zone.
"People first had to travel through our aircraft zone before they got into the construction zone and it there was no doubt to anyone on the highway that we were aggressively enforcing the speed limit," Dodge County Sheriff Todd Nehls said. "Quite often you would see five or six squads sitting on the shoulder with lights on and a customer in front of them due to the actions of the airplane."
Nehls said officers gathered at the Lomira Police Department at 7 a.m. for a short briefing and were on the road by 7:30 a.m. The aircraft surveillance arrived at 8:15 a.m. The detail was completed at 12:30 p.m.
Nehls said of the 67 traffic stops conducted, 44 were for vehicles traveling over the 65 mile per hour speed limit, with speeds ranging from 77 to 85 mph. Nineteen stops were also conducted for violating the 55 mph speed limit in a construction zone.
"The attention we dedicated to traffic highway safety had an immediate impact on the speed of the motorists traveling the area," Nehls said. "It was actually amazing to see how quickly our aggressive enforcement efforts helped to slow people traveling through the construction zone."
The stops also resulted in nine contacts for seat belt usage, two contacts for operating a motor vehicle after the suspension or revocation of a driver's license, 10 equipment violations, three drug dog searches and three consent searches. No criminal arrests were made.