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Give ‘em a brake

We all know the old saying: “There are two seasons in Wisconsin -- winter and road construction.”

Well, we’ve gotten past winter for the time being and have entered into that second season that is frustrating, but necessary -- road construction.

Every time we head out onto the roadways around the area, the state and the nation, we find ourselves doing the “orange barrel polka” as we wind our vehicles through a myriad of lane changes, single lane bottlenecks and workers scampering about on machines and on foot.

Locally, we’ve seen county and city workers operating machinery along the roads within our towns and cities.

It’s time for that reminder to slow down and give these men and women a brake.

We get the same message every season: That if you don’t slow down and if you strike, injure or God forbid, fatally injure a worker doing their jobs on the projects, you will be prosecuted and penalized.

These penalties are stiff -- something nobody wants to endure.

So, with that said, it is time to slow down and allow these people to do their work.

It’s important work.

Cruising the highways of the state frequently, this editor finds that, for the most part, we are lucky to be living in areas where the roads are in pretty good shape. There have been studies saying Wisconsin has some of the worst roads in the country.

I’m not sure where those roads are ...

I’ve driven in Illinois where toll dollars help to keep the roads in tip-top shape. I would compare Wisconsin’s toll-free roads with those from the Land of Lincoln any day.

That’s because we also spend a lot of taxpayer dollars on our roads ... highways that are repaired frequently by skilled workers who ask that motorists abide by the rules.

We need these people to continue to do their jobs. We don’t need them to feel unsafe when they go to their offices (the highway where thousands of pounds of steel pass by them every second of every day).

So, as we enjoy summer and the prospect that road construction will be a big part of it, we ask that you plan, leave a little early and don’t speed -- especially through road work zones.

We don’t want you to be ticketed (they are higher in work zones), nor do we want you to have the misfortune of causing an accident in these zones.

Please give ‘em a brake.

Raymond T. Rivard, editor

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