Wisconsin troopers to ride with truckers to spot distracted drivers

Updated Jul 3, 2024
Wisconsin State Trooper talking on radio
Wisconsin State Patrol

Wisconsin State Patrol troopers will have a higher vantage point to spot dangerous driving behaviors in July thanks to a partnership with the Wisconsin Motor Carriers Association. Troopers will be riding along with semi-truck and bus drivers to enforce traffic laws from an elevated point of view during the annual Trooper in a Truck enforcement and education initiative.

The program, designed to reduce the number of crashes and injuries involving commercial motor vehicles (CMVs), will take place on highways across the state from July 8 through July 12.

Drivers can expect to see Trooper in a Truck enforcement in the following areas:

  • July 8, Hudson
  • July 9, Waukesha
  • July 10, Madison
  • July 11, Green Bay
  • July 12, Wausau

 During this detail, officers will be on high alert for any dangerous driving occurring in the vicinity of the CMV.

“Drivers need to pay attention on the road, especially around large trucks and buses,” Wisconsin State Patrol Superintendent Tim Carnahan said. “Commercial motor vehicles have large blind spots, limited maneuverability and require longer distances to stop. All motorists have to work together to prevent crashes.”

In the past five years, Wisconsin has averaged about 7,000 crashes involving large trucks every year. In 2023, 70 people died in those incidents. Distracted driving contributes to many crashes and is a growing safety concern in Wisconsin, according to a statement from the troopers.

Trooper in a Truck focuses on stopping distracted driving. When an officer identifies a violation from the truck or bus, they will radio to patrol cars in the area for appropriate enforcement action. They will also be on the lookout for other dangerous driving behaviors like speeding, reckless driving and following too close.

“This is the third year we are teaming up with the Wisconsin State Patrol to prevent dangerous driving through the Trooper in a Truck program,” Wisconsin Motor Carriers Association Safety Programs Coordinator Kim Conradt said. “We’re grateful for the wonderful partnerships that make this initiative successful.”