Wisconsin News Briefs

Wisconsin State Patrol’s February Law of the Month Calls for Safe Driving Around Commercial Motor Vehicles

As the transportation industry continues to ramp up operations to keep up with the ongoing demands of the coronavirus pandemic, Wisconsin is seeing more commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) on the roads.

With that surge in traffic, states across the country have seen an increase in crashes. Since 2017, Wisconsin has averaged 7,140 crashes involving large trucks every year. Preliminary data shows 89 people died in those incidents in 2021.

State Patrol troopers and inspectors work regularly to enforce traffic laws to reduce crashes involving CMVs, including enforcement details in areas with safety challenges. In 2021, nearly 15,000 CMV operators were stopped for traffic violations and roughly 9,700 other drivers were pulled over for violations impacting safe CMV operation.

Whether you’re driving a large vehicle or a small one, the same rules of the road apply:

Use caution when passing. Don’t linger in blind spots. State law (346.07) prohibits drivers from returning to a traffic lane until safely clear of the overtaken vehicle.

Don’t tailgate. Following too closely decreases a driver’s reaction time. State law (346.14) prohibits drivers from following another vehicle more closely than is reasonable.

Use and watch for turn signals. CMVs require extra room to turn. Never try to squeeze in between the curb and a turning CMV.

WisDOT offers resources for CMV drivers on restrictions, rules, and permits. The 511 app has a trucker tab that highlights truck parking options and other things CMV operators need to know when traveling through Wisconsin.

Ballet Folklórico de México

Ballet Folklórico de México has been lighting up stages around the world with Mexican culture, tradition and folklore. Its elaborate costuming, timeless choreography and technical rigor brings audiences on a colorful journey through the past.

Now, the Marcus Performing Arts Center is welcoming the Ballet Folklórico de México to the stage for a performance on Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m.

Milwaukee is made up of diverse neighborhoods with rich culture that deserve to be represented on stage. Creating a line-up with diverse performances like Ballet Folklórico de México is just one of the ways the Marcus Performing Arts Center is continuing to follow through on its commitment to racial equity, diversity and inclusion (REDI).

2022 Virtual State of the City Address Invitation

2022 Virtual State of the City Address Invitation

Monday, February 7, 2022 – 10:00 a.m.  View on Live Stream 1 at milwaukee.gov/citychannel or with closed captioning on YouTube @CityChannel25 Reasonable accommodations, of an auxiliary aid or service required due to a disability, for a City of Milwaukee event will be provided upon request. Contact the City of Milwaukee ADA Coordinator, 414-286-3475 or adacoordinator@milwaukee.gov