Message from the Sheriff

“Message from the Sheriff”

Hello Green Lake County residents and visitors,

   Looks like Spring is here to stay, I’m looking forward to the transition into Summer.  Along with the Spring and Summer transition comes the appearance of more seasonal outdoor activities – running,   walking, and biking.   I’ll need to ask that you be extra careful as we share our roadways with others, more specifically;

  1. Remember to stop and let people cross the street. The law requires motorists and bicyclists to yield the right of way to pedestrians at crosswalks.
  2. People who walk need to cross at crosswalks, not mid-block or from between parked cars. Walkers and runners should also wear brightly colored clothing, travel against traffic so vehicles see you, also, avoid busy roadways with poor visibility of you. Be Seen !
  3. People who bike and drive need to stop at stop signs, yield when required, and obey all of our traffic laws. The consequences of not doing so are much more hurtful than simply receiving a citation.
  4. Please wear your helmets – enough said.
  5. Watch for people on bikes. Bicycles are legal vehicles under the law and are allowed to operate on nearly all Wisconsin roadways. The law also requires that motorists give at least three (3) feet of clearance when passing someone on a bicycle.
  6. Bikers, is your bike well maintained, lights and reflectors ?
  7. Mind the speed limit and make speed adjustments when necessary. A posted speed limit is the maximum allowable speed given perfect conditions. Reducing your speed is necessary when conditions are not perfect or when others are present and using the roadway.
  8. Obey all laws and treat all other road users with courtesy and respect. We are all busy, and yes, slowing down might take a little more time, however, plan ahead and make some exceptions for others.

     By working together, and caring about one another’s safety, we can all help make our streets and  communities more pleasant for everyone.

Sheriff Mark A. Podoll

                                                                                            

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