Woman gets 51st citation for operating after revocation

Deputy stops 26-year-old driver on suspicion of failure to display registration plates

A 26-year-old woman was cited for the 51st time earlier this month after a traffic stop in Reedsburg, officials said.

The Sauk County Sheriff’s Office said a deputy stopped a vehicle on Main Street and Viking Drive at about 7:20 p.m. Sept. 6 for failure to display registration plates.

The deputy checked driver Winona Ariel Rau Weirich’s driving status and found she had 50 previous operating after suspension violations.

Rau Weirich was cited for the 51st time and released, according to the report.

Earlier this year the Sauk County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council said that in 2014, nearly 45 percent of the criminal traffic citations issued in Sauk County were for operating after revocation or suspension, the sheriff’s office said.

An operating after revocation diversion program was created based on that information, which the sheriff’s office said is a “vicious circle” and “a large problem in Sauk County.” The program has been accepting referrals since June 15. Officials said Rau Weirich has been referred to the program.