During winter months, law enforcement officers, tow truck operators and emergency responders often must battle the elements while rescuing motorists and removing vehicles that have slid off icy roads or crashed. Although functioning in frigid conditions can be hazardous, the greatest danger to these workers is being hit by vehicles traveling at high speeds just a few feet away.
To create a safety zone for workers on the side of highways, Wisconsin’s Move Over Law requires drivers to shift lanes if possible or at least slow down when encountering a law enforcement vehicle, ambulance, fire truck, tow truck or highway maintenance vehicle that is stopped on the side of a road with its warning lights flashing.
“On interstate highways and other divided roads with multiple directional lanes, you must move over to vacate the lane closest to the law enforcement or other emergency vehicle if you can safely switch lanes,” says State Patrol Superintendent Stephen Fitzgerald. “If the road has a single directional lane or you can’t safely move over because of traffic, you must reduce your speed until safely past the vehicle.”
A citation for a Move Over Law violation costs $263.50 with three demerit points added to your license. But the greatest danger of a violation is not an expensive fine. In 2013, passing vehicles hit 10 State Patrol vehicles parked on the side of a roadway. In four of those crashes, the officers were inside their vehicles. There were many more near misses of officers. A recent dash cam video from a State Patrol cruiser shows a Move Over Law violation that came shockingly close to seriously injuring a trooper during a traffic stop. The video is available on the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s You Tube channel. (youtube.com/wisdot)
“Law enforcement officers are well trained and equipped to protect themselves. But they are at serious risk of being hit by passing vehicles nearly every time they stop or assist a motorist. Failure of drivers to create a safety zone by moving over or slowing down is one of the major reasons that motor vehicle crashes kill more law enforcement officers on duty than any other cause. Tow truck operators, highway maintenance workers and emergency responders also are killed and injured when drivers don’t move over or slow down,” says Superintendent Fitzgerald “By obeying the Move Over Law, drivers can protect themselves, their passengers, our officers and others who work on highways from serious injuries and deaths.”
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The Tomah City Council has approved a fee for fingerprinting. The fee will be $10.00 for City of Tomah residents and $15.00 for non City of Tomah residents. The person must have photo identification to show residency. The money (cash only) will be collected and a receipt shall be provided. The times previously established for fingerprinting will remain in effect. Those times are Tuesdays and Fridays from 8a to 9a and 3p to 4p. An Officer may be available for fingerprinting outside of this time frame as time permits.
Each year, thousands of firearms are reported lost or stolen. The owners’ ability to adequately identify these firearms is central to law enforcement’s ability to investigate these crimes and losses. Insurance claims and reacquisition of recovered firearms will also hinge on the ability to correctly identify these firearms. By completing this record and maintaining it in a safe location, separate from your firearms, you will be taking an important first step in the effort to prevent thefts and to keep firearms out of the hands of criminals.
July 3, 2009
July 2, 2009
Wisconsin adopts primary safety belt enforcement to save lives and prevent injuries
Law enforcement officers in Wisconsin may now stop and ticket drivers and passengers who are not wearing safety belts even if the officers do not observe another traffic or vehicle equipment violation. The state budget, signed recently by Governor Jim Doyle, strengthens Wisconsin’s mandatory safety belt law by adopting what is known as primary enforcement.
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. Drugs include prescription narcotics, marijuana, cocaine, or any other illegal drug. The caller may remain anonymous if they wish. 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 DRUG TIP LINE: (608)374-7510
INFORMATION ON JUNK VEHICLES
Link includes information as it related to Junk Vehicles within the City of Tomah
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