Wisconsin Officials Open new Weigh Station and Tout the Benefits of PrePass

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State, federal and local transportation officials held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the state’s newest safety and weight enforcement facility in Superior Wednesday.

The facility will help prevent the more than 4,000 fatalities each year involving large trucks and buses, according to Mark Oesterle, Wisconsin division administrator for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

“People think sometimes all we do is weigh trucks,” Wisconsin State Patrol inspector Todd Munson said. “Actually, most of what we do is safety related – brakes, hours of service for the drivers, make sure they’re not fatigued.”

The goal of the facility is to maximize the number of operation hours to improve trucker safety and efficiency, Wisconsin Department of Transportation Secretary Mark Gottlieb said.

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