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.
You’ve seen them on lawns in many neighborhoods. There’s one planted right up the street from my house.
The sign reads, “SLOW DOWN.”
It might as well say, “WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOU? FLOOR IT, PAL!”
The street I live on is hilly, and motorists know that driving in a certain direction (downhill) in a certain stretch of the road where it isn’t very congested and the odds of a patrol car are mighty slim makes them feel as though they can exceed the speed limit by as much as they want.
Slow down? The hell with you!
Last night, I sat on my driveway, shorts and sandals, sans shirt. A black car filled with teenage girls drove by, made catcalls in my direction (Hell, they should have seen me 20 years ago), while driving like the old expression: a bat out of hell.
Children often play in a nearby court, on the street, on bikes, and they are known to spill out from the court onto the street that motorists regard as the Indy 500.
I know the people that put up those SLOW DOWN signs mean well. They probably have the same internal crystal ball that I have that tells me someone, probably an innocent young child, is going to get seriously hurt, or even killed.
The usual loudmouth suspects will come out of the woodwork wondering how this could happen and why the city didn't do something to prevent this accident.
We have speed limits and we hope that responsible motorists will understand that in residential neighborhoods in summertime, there just might be some children to watch out for.
I cringe every day I’m out grilling and kids in the neighborhood are outside playing and some hot-rodder comes rocketing down the street. I guess he missed that SLOW DOWN sign two or three blocks away.
Franklin, these idiots are ignoring your well-intentioned signs. Maybe they should say, “SLOW DOWN BEFORE YOU KILL SOMEONE.”
Maybe then they’d pay attention.