SATURATION PATROL

SATURATION PATROL

Saturation Patrol

IN THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS THE WOOD COUNTY SHERIFF DEPARTMENT APPLIES FOR A SELECTIVE ENFORCEMENT GRANT FROM THE STATE OF WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION. THIS GRANT, WHICH IS CALLED SATURATION PATROL, PUTS 4 OR 5 OFF DUTY OFFICERS ON PATROL IN A SPECIFIED AREA. THE MAIN GOAL OF THIS PATROL IS TO ENFORCE TRAFFIC LAWS AND TO REDUCE ACCIDENTS AND ARREST INTOXICATED DRIVERS. AGGRESSIVE ENFORCEMENT EFFORTS ARE MADE DURING THESE HOURS WITH HIGH NUMBER OF CONTACTS AND ARRESTS. THE MAIN ENFORCEMENT AREAS TARGETED ARE:

  • SEATBELT USAGE
  • SPEEDING
  • DRUNK DRIVING

THE OVERALL IMPACT OF THE WOOD COUNTY SATURATION PATROL WAS A VERY POSITIVE ONE. WE BELIEVE THE SATURATION PATROL EFFORTS WERE EFFECTIVE IN REDUCING THE NUMBER AND SEVERITY OF ACCIDENTS IN THE AREA WHERE THIS PATROL WAS ACTIVE.

WE NOTICED A DECREASE IN THE AMOUNT OF SPEEDING, OWI, AND OTHER VIOLATIONS IN THESE AREA'S.

THE AREAS SELECTED TO PATROL WERE TARGETED, DUE TO A LARGE NUMBER OF ACCIDENTS AND OTHER VIOLATIONS THAT WERE OCCURRING.

AS WITH MANY OTHER LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY, THEY ARE VERY HARD PRESSED WITH THE NUMBER OF PERSONNEL AND DUTIES WE ARE REQUIRED TO PERFORM AND IT IS HARD TO SPEND A LOT OF TIME WITH TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT. SATURATION PATROL GIVES US AN OPPORTUNITY TO CONDUCT THE TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITIES WE FEEL ARE NECESSARY.

>LOCAL NEWSPAPERS AND RADIO STATIONS HAVE COOPERATED IN GETTING THE MESSAGE OUT THAT THIS ACTIVITY WILL BE GOING ON IN OUR AREA AND HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO BE AWARE OF THE VARIOUS SAFETY STANDARDS THAT HAVE BEEN SET UP.