In an effort to make Shawano County roads safer, travelers should expect to see a heavier presence on roadways from the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department. Shawano County Sheriff Adam Bieber believes drivers need to understand unsafe habits behind the wheel will not be tolerated.
“Our leadership and I are really pushing our deputies to get out and make a presence and make a statement on our roadways that we will not tolerate speeding and inattentive driving,” Bieber stated. “We are going to do our best to enforce those laws.”
Sheriff Bieber says he believes there is a direct correlation between law enforcement presence and crashes
“The goal is to reduce crashes in Shawano County,” said Bieber. “I really think seeing our deputies out on the roadway, effectuating traffic stops, issuing citations for serious dangerous drivers will send a message to people that they need to slow down.”
In recent days, Sheriff Bieber does add, however, most violators he’s pulled over are not from the area.
“I spent several hours on Highway 47 for the last few days, just trying to get people to slow down,” explained Bieber. “Like our first fatality this year, those folks were out of our area. In fact, all of the speeding violations I’ve had on Highway 47, most of those folks are from Appleton, West Bend, Milwaukee, a couple were from Florida, so I’m glad to report our Shawano County residents are abiding by the speed limit. It’s folks that are outside our area, that are just blowing through our area.”
There have been five fatalities from accidents in the county this year.