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.
Motorists, be aware of a new law that was approved by the Legislature, signed by the Governor, and went into effect during June of this year that created a fine for a vehicle operator that opens a door and causes a collision with a bicyclist.
The new statute reads:
“No person may open any door of a motor vehicle located on a highway without first taking due precaution to ensure that his or her act will not interfere with the movement of traffic or endanger any other person or vehicle. The operator of a motor vehicle located on a highway may not permit any person under 16 years of age to open any door of the motor vehicle without the operator
first taking due precaution to ensure that opening the door will not interfere with the movement of traffic or endanger any other person or vehicle.”
Violators “may be required to forfeit not less than $20 nor more than $40 for the first offense and not less than $50 nor more than $100 for the 2nd or subsequent conviction within a year. No forfeiture may be assessed for a violation if the violator is less than 16 years of age when the offense occurs.”
The new law also eliminates the requirement that bicyclists allow three feet of space when passing parked vehicles.
Here is a Legislative Council memo about the new law.
Other states have taken or are considering similar action.