I-43 patrols stepped up during PGA

Interstate 43 and other major highways in eastern Wisconsin will be even busier than usual when golf fans travel to Whistling Straits near Kohler for the 2015 PGA Championship from Aug. 10 to 16.

To prepare drivers for the increase in traffic during the PGA Championship, the Wisconsin State Patrol will team up with the Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Department for intensified traffic safety efforts on I-43 this week. The State Patrol will use aircraft and other traffic enforcement equipment during these traffic details. The goal is to increase voluntary compliance with all traffic laws.

“With the heavy traffic during the PGA Championship, commuters and others who regularly drive I-43 may encounter slowed vehicles or possibly some traffic back-ups in places where they normally don’t occur. To prepare drivers for the upcoming changes in traffic conditions, our enforcement efforts will focus on deterring speeding, inattentive driving, and following other vehicles too closely,” said Capt. Anthony Burrell, commander of the State Patrol’s Northeast Region, in a press release.

“Working with local law enforcement agencies, highway departments, PGA officials, and community leaders, the State Patrol has developed comprehensive plans to move traffic to and from Whistling Straits safely and efficiently,” Burrell said. “For our plans to work, we need drivers to be patient, cautious and alert because traffic conditions may change unexpectedly.”

Travelers can check online for real-time traffic information, including travel times, lane closures and incidents, at www.511wi.gov or by calling 511 on a phone.

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