State Patrol using aircraft for traffic enforcement in La Crosse County Friday

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — The Wisconsin State Patrol is using aircraft to help ground-based officers enforce speed limits and other traffic laws Friday in La Crosse County.

The special enforcement is planned for just Friday on I-90 in La Crosse County.

“Excessive speed was a contributing factor to a large number of 2020’s fatal crashes,” Superintendent Anthony Burrell. “We choose to announce enforcement efforts like this to remind the public of the need to observe speed limits. The goal is public safety through voluntary compliance with traffic laws – not to stop or cite motorists.”

State Patrol aircraft use a timing device known as VASCAR (Visual Average Speed Computer and Recorder) along with highway markings to determine vehicle speeds. When pilots detect speeders, aggressive or reckless drivers, they contact ground-based units to initiate a traffic stop. A WisDOT YouTube video highlights the role of the State Patrol’s Air Support Unit.