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.
Winter has yet to officially arrive in Wisconsin and we have already had some doses of snow with more on the way.
There are about 17,000 vehicle crashes during winter when roads are covered with ice, snow, or slush according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT). These inclement weather crashes are responsible for, on average, nearly 80 fatalities and more than 7,000 people being injured. Speed is often a factor. People are driving too fast for winter conditions.
With winter officially right around the corner, the DOT suggests some tips to remember when driving in bad weather:
- Stay off roads until they are plowed.
- If you have to venture out, slow down, leave plenty of room between vehicles, and anticipate stops and turns.
- Be prepared for the unexpected. Remember: If there's ice and snow, take it slow.
- Give snowplows plenty of room to work. They're big and hard to see around.
- Don't pass a working snowplow - they can throw up a cloud of snow that could cause a whiteout and disorient you.
- Also, it's tough for snowplow drivers to see you. Don't crowd the plow. Make sure you can see the driver's mirrors so he can see you. Remember, it's the law that you stay at least 200 feet behind a working snowplow.
- And always remember to wear your seatbelt, drive sober, and keep your speed appropriate for the conditions - all essential when winter weather hits.