Speeders beware, state and local law enforcement are cracking down on fast drivers on Highway 41. Michael Panosh of the DOT's Transportation Safety Bureau says the "Summer Heat" enforcement campaign lasts through next fall, on a 170 mile corridor from Marinette to Menomonee Falls, making it the largest targeted enforcement effort in state history.
There was a similar program last year, but it was voluntary for local departments. This time the effort is funded by a $389,000 federal grant. Last year's effort focused on weekends, but Brown County Sheriff Dennis Kocken says officers will be out much more frequently this summer. "The average motorist is going to see a lot more police officers in the median," says Kocken, adding that drivers will also be ticketed if they don't slow down and change lanes when they see an officer making a traffic stop. Kocken says Highway 41 is a dangerous highway, and something needs to be done to slow traffic.