State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.
As one of the four million women Harley-Davidson motorcycle riders, I am thrilled to be participating in the exciting 105th anniversary of Harley-Davidson.
This Friday, August 29, I will be one of the VIP’s leading the Women’s Day Ride that featured over 2,000 female bikers at the 100th anniversary in 2003. The Women’s Day Ride leaves Greenfield High School at 60th and Layton at 3:30 p.m. sharp on Friday. The parade route will be Layton Avenue to 794 over the Hoan Bridge to the lakefront.
Over the next several days, thousands of motorcyclists will be in our area celebrating the 105th anniversary of Harley-Davidson. Everyone wants the most enjoyable festivities, and even if you don’t ride a motorcycle, you can do your part to make the celebration safe. Here are tips from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation for automobile and truck drivers to be aware of around motorcyclists:
There are far fewer motorcycles on the road than cars and trucks. Motorists often don’t recognize motorcycles. Look for them, especially when checking traffic at intersections.
Judging a motorcycle’s speed and how close it is can be difficult because of the motorcycle’s size. It is always best when checking traffic to assume a motorcycle is closer than it looks.
The small size can make it appear that a motorcycle is moving faster than it really is. Do not assume all motorcyclists are speed merchants.
Motorcycles can hide in a motorist’s blind spot or be blocked by objects or backgrounds like bushes, fences, and bridges. Thoroughly check traffic when changing lanes or turning at intersections.
At times, motorcyclists will slow down by downshifting or rolling off the throttle. When they do, their brake lights are not activated. Motorists need to apply more following distance around motorcyclists.
Be aware that turn signals on a motorcycle are generally not self-canceling. Motorcyclists at times forget to turn their signals off after making a turn or lane change.
Motorcyclists will change position in a lane for various reasons, including the ability to seen more easily and to minimize the effects of road debris, passing vehicles, and the wind. They are not adjusting their lane position to show off, be reckless, or share their lane with you.
Despite the great maneuverability of a motorcycle, don’t expect a motorcyclist to always be able to dodge out of the way.
Allow more stopping distance behind a motorcyclist, especially on slippery pavement.
When you see a motorcycle in motion, regard it as a person, not a motorcycle.
Wisconsin residents can find out if they are registered to vote in the September 9, 2008 primary or the November 4, 2008 general election at a state website.
The Government Accountability Board’s site informs voters if they are registered. Click here and follow instructions.
One year ago, I blogged about the problems associated with feel-good fat taxes.
As far-fetched as a fat tax may sound (most of the revenue often fails to get to obesity-prevention programs or healthy food subsidies), Alabama has taken the extraordinary step of mandating that its state employees get into shape in two years or be forced to pay more for insurance.
Some states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, provide incentives for people to adopt healthier lifestyles. Workers in Ohio get $50 for having health assessments and another $50 if they follow medical instructions.
Arkansas and Missouri give monthly discounts on premiums for employees who take health risk assessments and enroll in programs to reduce obesity and stress. Those states differ from Alabama in that they offer incentives instead of punishments. Alabama has become the first state to charge workers who fail to try to lose weight.
Some medical experts oppose the Alabama plan, saying it's too punitive. Read more about Alabama’s plan here.