Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely baby daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
Amy Rinard of the Journal/Sentinel opened her story today with this lead:
“Wisconsin motorists will be driving in circles more often over the next 10 years as there is likely to be six times the number of traffic roundabouts on state highways.”
Are you excited, Wisconsin motorists? Roundabouts are here and will pop up at a higher rate than weeds. Whoopee.
Have you been on Drexell near the Shoppes at Wyndham Village? How about 116th and Grange in Hales Corners? Moorland Road?
There you will encounter profanity-induced roundabouts, the nightmarish creation of common sense-challenged transportation bureaucrats.
One of them was quoted in Rinard’s article today:
“The chances of killing someone at 20 mph are substantially less than the chances of killing someone at 55 mph.”
But who's going 55 mph in the spots where roundabouts are being placed? Not at 116th and Grange.
So let’s put up roundabouts where no one knows what to do and there’s a rash of fender-benders.
The typical motorist in these parts is clueless when it comes to the simple 4-way stop. Now you expect him/her to safely navigate through a roundabout when he/she has no intention of being cautious and/or courteous?
I have talked to many, many, many people in my regular line of work and I have yet to have anyone tell me they like roundabouts. The only folks that approve of these atrocities are people who hate cars and asphalt and love mass transit. But in true government fashion, roundabouts are being shoved down the public’s throats.
Roundabouts are accidents and road rage waiting to happen.
But government doesn’t care.