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traffic safety, Wisconsin car accident attorney, hiding traffic safety-related informationHaving access to public information, such as police reports for car accidents, is often a crucial step in moving a personal injury case forward. Unbeknownst to many, however, various Wisconsin municipalities continue to redact (or “black out”) pertinent information from reports before the reports are released. This poses a significant challenge to injured people looking to pinpoint witnesses and other pieces of evidence that may or may not assist in their personal injury cases. Wisconsin reporters first noticed the problem while looking to investigate police conduct in the interest of public safety.

The Driver's Privacy Protection Act (“DPPA”),  a federal law that prohibits the release and use of certain personal information by the state, was passed in 1994 when opponents of abortion began tracking down and harassing abortion patients after finding their home addresses in public driver's license databases. Still, there has been confusion in the courts as to whether the Act affects the release of information found in police reports.

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