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Your Views: Driver questions Rock County's enforcement of ‘road closed’ segment

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April 14, 2014

I admit that on March 17, 2014, I did drive on County A beyond a point in Rock County where the sign indicated “Road Closed” and indicated high water as the reason. However, the high water had receded some days before and I personally had used the road earlier. Traffic at 5:30 p.m. was normal “going home” flow, both east and west. The road was clear with the water fully receded. The roadbed was in good shape.

On my way home later that evening, I proceeded past the signs as there was oncoming traffic. I was cited at 9:05 p.m. by an officer waiting in this zone specifically targeting traffic that evening. If there was indeed a traffic hazard, his presence at the sign itself would have been more likely to protect the public and could be justified as something other than “shooting fish in a barrel.” The next morning, I again traveled County A, all the signs were down, orange cones gone and the road open.

It is this type of enforcement that leads the public to have a low opinion of law enforcement. And the highway department’s failure to remove these signs when conditions no longer warrant their placement further complicates the picture.

I hope that other motorists targeted through this type of enforcement are also registering their feelings.

JAMES WILHELM

Mukwonago



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