(Portage) The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office are targeting “hot spots” in their region to reduce the number of vehicle crashes. The agency is teaming up with the Wisconsin State Patrol and the Wisconsin Bureau of Transportation, who studied Columbia County crash reports between 2018 and 2020 to identify areas with a high number of injury crashes. During that timeframe, there were 825 injury crashes with 1,091 total injuries and 34 fatalities in the county.
The hots spots law enforcement will be targeting include Interstate 39 and Highway 78 in Caledonia, Cook Street at Wisconsin Street/DeWitt Street in Portage, and Highway 151 and Highway 60 in Leeds. Deputies will be stepping up enforcement efforts and increasing overall presence in those areas.
Authorities will also be distributing pamphlets at businesses near the designated hot spots in an effort to help educate and remind drivers of the importance of safe driving habits. The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office encourages all motorists to remain focused on the road, do not drive impaired, put down the phone, watch their speed, and always buckle up.