By NIKKI YOUNK
MARINETTE, Wis. - The Marinette County Sheriff's Department patrol division will be stepping up enforcement on speeders and unrestrained motorists on U.S. 41 during a national mobilization event from Dec. 7 through 16.
Patrol Lt. Jim Albright said that the event is the result of two Bureau of Transportation Safety (BOTS) grants, "Speed Enforcement" and "Click it or Ticket," that the sheriff's department received for 2012 and 2013.
Grant money will cover officers' wages and allow the sheriff's department to purchase new equipment.
"Our goal is to increase voluntary compliance with the posted speed limits and seat belt laws," said Lt. Albright. "Many of the crashes that occur in our county are a result of high speeds. Traveling above the posted speed limits greatly reduces a motorist's reaction time and distance. Along with the speed issues, several of our traffic fatalities were also the result of motorists being ejected from their vehicles. Using seat belts will give you a 25 times higher chance of surviving a serious crash."
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