Chippewa Co. (WQOW) — Wisconsin State Troopers are stepping up patrols in hopes of reducing “crash hotspots” in Chippewa County.
Recent data, collected by the UW-Madison Traffic Operations and Safety Lab shows three of the county’s most crash prone areas are US 53 and Wisconsin Hwy 29 in Lake Hallie, the area of Elm Street and Superior Street in Chippewa Falls, and 17th Ave and Main Street in Bloomer.
In the last three years, there were 190 car crashes in Chippewa County, resulting in 246 injuries and five deaths. Sgt. Kirk Danielson told News 18 the biggest contributors to these crashes are distracted driving and teen drivers.
“As always, make sure you wear your seat belt and obey the speed limit,” Danielson said. “Don’t drink and drive is the main one, but also put the cellphone down. Turn it off, put it in the trunk. At the very least, make sure you’re using some sort of hands-free system, keeping your focus on the road and driving as it should be.”
Danielson added that State Patrol Troopers will work with Chippewa County law enforcement throughout the summer in those “crash hotspots”, in hopes of reducing collisions and creating a safer driving environment.