Chippewa County (WQOW) – A speeding enforcement operation in Chippewa County has yielded hundreds of tickets since it began in June.
According to the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office, during the months of June, July and August, sheriff’s deputies stopped 328 vehicles for speeding and handed out 259 tickets. Many of the tickets were for drivers going more than 80 mph, according to the sheriff’s office.
The speed initiative is thanks to a $25,000 federal speed enforcement grant, which allowed local sheriff’s offices to have more squads on the roads.
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Our officers certainly don’t enjoy issuing traffic citations,” said Sheriff Jim Kowalcyk. “I do know one thing they like even less, and that is investigating traffic crashes. The impact that traffic crashes have, especially injury and
fatalities is devastating. Those crashes not only affect the officers and first responders, but family members of those involved in a crash.”
According to the sheriff’s office, nationally in 2017, traffic fatalities climbed to over 40,000, a 14 percent increase from 2015. In Chippewa County, there is an average of 1,200 crashes every year. Last year, eight of those crashes resulted in 12 deaths.