TOMAH POLICE DEPARTMENT
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OFFICE: 608-374-7400
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8/18/16: New Law - Effective August 16, 2016

Under a new state regulation, school buses in Wisconsin built after January 1, 2005 must have amber lights to alert drivers that the bus is about to activate its flashing red warning lights while coming to a stop. The new regulation goes into effect on August 16, 2016.

“Flashing amber lights are a signal that the school bus is preparing to stop, so drivers need to slow down, pay attention and proceed carefully. Drivers are allowed to pass a moving bus with flashing amber lights, but they should do so cautiously,” says State Patrol Lieutenant Karl Mittelstadt. “However, once the bus displays flashing red warning lights, drivers both in front of and behind the bus must stop at least 20 feet from the bus and remain stopped until the red lights are turned off or the bus resumes travel. Drivers must stop even if the red stop-sign arm on the side of the bus is not extended.”

Stopping for red flashing lights on buses has been a state law for decades. Violating the law results in a minimum fine of $326.50 and four demerit points. The law does not apply to vehicles traveling in the opposite direction of a school bus on a divided highway separated by a median or other physical barrier. However, the law does apply if there is no median or barrier on a multiple-lane road.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, school buses are the safest form of transportation for students going to and from school and extra-curricular activities.

“With amber lights as a cautionary signal, school buses will be even safer for transporting children,” Mittelstadt said.




PDF Link to WI DOT Brochure


6/30/16: On Going Recruitment - Eligibility List

The Tomah Police Department has opened up the process for an on-going recruitment to establish an eligibility list for a full time Police Officer. Please click here for more information!

RECRUITMENT INFORMATION



"Move Over" For Stopped Emergency Vehicles !

Vehicles moving over in response to a law enforcement vehicle working along side the highway.
Move over or slow down for stopped emergency vehicles

Drivers must provide a safety zone for stopped law enforcement, emergency and maintenance vehicles

To help safeguard law enforcement officers, emergency responders, road maintenance workers, and others who work on the side of highways, Wisconsin has a "Move Over Law."

"State law. Move over or slow down for stopped emergency vehicles" sign

The law requires drivers to shift lanes or slow down in order to provide a "safety zone" for a squad car, ambulance, fire truck, tow truck, utility vehicle, or highway maintenance vehicle that is stopped on the side of a road with its warning lights flashing.


Drivers have two options for creating a safety zone:

  • If the road has more than one directional lane, like the Interstate, and you can switch lanes safely, you must move over to vacate the lane closest to the law enforcement or other vehicle with its lights flashing.
  • If the road has a single directional lane or you can't safely move over, you must reduce your speed.

Failure of motorists to move over is one of the reasons that motor vehicle crashes kill more law enforcement officers on duty than any other cause.

WI DOT WEBSITE - MOVE OVER



BEGINNING NOVEMBER 1, 2015 to APRIL 1, 2016

Night restricted parking.  After the hour of 2:00 a.m. and before 6:00 a.m., motor vehicles or any other type of vehicle shall be parked on even-numbered calendar dates on the side of the street where the dwellings are even-numbered and on days having odd-numbered calendar dates on the side of the street having odd-numbered dwellings. This provision shall be effective between November 1 and April 1 following each year. The effective calendar date shall be determined as of the date at 2:00 a.m. The provisions of this subsection shall apply to all streets in the city except as otherwise specified herein.

Please contact the Tomah Police Department at 608-374-7400 if you have any questions.



AUGUST 2014: National Night Out 2014 was a success! Check out the photos on our Facebook Page here - Tomah PD


11-10-12: Just a reminder of the new speed limit change on North Superior Avenue. The speed limit is 30MPH from Larkin Street to the Railroad tracks. Speed citations may result if you are stopped by Police. CLICK HERE FOR THE TOMAH JOURNAL ARTICLE


03-13-12: The Tomah Police Department has recently joined the Wisconsin Crime Alert Network. Information from law enforcement will come right to your email, cell phone text, or fax machine, in real time when you need it most. The Wisconsin Crime Alert Network is used for: Crime Prevention, Finding Stolen Property, Identifying Suspects, Locating Missing Persons, Notifying public about Police Action. All Alerts are TIMELY, RELEVANT, and ACTIONABLE for the recipient. If you are interested in joining, or for more information, please visit the link below for more details.

http://www.wisconsincrimealert.gov/businesspublic.html


Quick Links

WISCONSIN'S NEW CCW LAW / Questions & Answers

PERSONAL FIREARMS RECORD FORM


Suspicious Activity / Ordinance Violations

CLICK HERE TO REPORT AN ORDINANCE VIOLATION HERE

CLICK HERE TO REPORT SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY IN TOMAH


TOMAH DRUG TIP LINE: (608) 374-7510
The Tomah Police Department has created a "Drug Tip Line" as a means for citizens to provide information anonymously regarding the possession or sale of illegal drugs in or around the City of Tomah. Anyone with information is to call the number provided an leave a detailed voicemail. The voicemail will be maintained by the Tomah Police Department Investigator, who will be conducting an appropriate investigation into the matter.

 

TOMAH POLICE DEPARTMENT
805 Superior Avenue
Tomah, WI  54660

Phone: (608) 374-7400
Fax: (608) 374-7413
EMERGENCY: DIAL 911

E-Mail: tomahpd@tomahpolice.com