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More Wisconsin Rapids drivers pulled over in 2012

Wisconsin Rapids police: Increased traffic stops mean decreased crashes

2:14 AM, Jan. 25, 2013
A squad car sits behind a vehicle pulled over by one of Wisconsin Rapids officers earlier this month. Increased traffic stops lead to reduced traffic crashes in 2012, according to officials
A squad car sits behind a vehicle pulled over by one of Wisconsin Rapids officers earlier this month. Increased traffic stops lead to reduced traffic crashes in 2012, according to officials
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Many drivers know the sinking feeling people get when they see red flashing lights in their rear-view mirrors.

More and more, Wisconsin Rapids drivers got that feeling in 2012, as police officers pulled over motorists almost 6,000 times. That was an increase of more than 25 percent from the previous four-year average, according to the Wisconsin Rapids Police Department.

While motorists might not be thrilled by the higher number of traffic stops, authorities say the emphasis on enforcement improved safety on city streets. ...

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