Extra state patrol enforcement this weekend

August is the deadliest month on Wisconsin roads

August is the deadliest month on Wisconsin roads, which is why law enforcement agencies from 15 different states, including Wisconsin and Minnesota, will be stepping up enforcement this weekend in the I-90/94 Challenge.

From Aug. 1 to Aug. 4 along interstates 90 and 94, the Wisconsin State Patrol will have extra staff out watching the roads in hopes to achieve zero deaths on Wisconsin roads.

“Ninety has actually been a pretty good route,” Tony Makarczyk, on a road trip from California to Maine, said.

Makarczyk has driven on Interstate 90 nearly the whole way from California. He said he has had his cruise control set to 65 or 70 the whole way, and most others drivers seem to be doing the same.

“Not flying by. You know, they’ve been going by maybe 5-10 miles faster then I am,” Makarczyk said.

“I think pretty respectful,” Jeff Cunniff, road-tripping from Montana, said of other drivers on the road.

Cunniff has only driven on Interstate 90 since leaving his hometown of Great Falls, Montana. He said other than lots of construction, things have gone smoothly.

“Everybody is pretty moderate. They’ve slowed down, they’re doing the right thing,” Cunniff said.

This weekend both Makarczyk and Cunniff will be keeping a closer eye on the road though.

“We have extra people on staff; there’s going to be a larger presence on the Interstate 90, 94 corridor,” Wisconsin State Trooper Robert Koenen said.

As you merge onto the interstate this weekend, make sure to be extra careful. The Wisconsin State Patrol says August is the most dangerous month on the road.

“In the last five years there has been an average of 62 fatalities in the state (during the month of August),” Koenen said.

In an effort to reduce the number of deaths and injuries by 15 percent across the country, the Wisconsin State Patrol is partnering with state patrol agencies from Massachusetts to Washington State, watching drivers a little closer.

“The main thing we’re looking for, of course, is we want people to slow down, drive sober, wear your seat belts and pay attention when you’re driving a vehicle,” Koenen said.

Koenen said they’re not looking to write more tickets, they’re trying to enforce the law to save lives.

Konen said August is the deadliest month because more people are taking vacations, holidays are coming up and there is lots of construction going on.

The Wisconsin State Patrol said there will be significantly more troopers out this weekend, including aerial patrols.

The entire challenge covers nearly 6,000 miles of roads in the U.S.

So if you’re traveling this weekend, be careful.