Saturday, June 2, 2012
Fox Point and Bayside have hot spots for deer activity, but this month ranks as one of the worst for crashes involving the darting animals. So here's some tips from the Department of Transportation to help you avoid a costly collision.
Although motor vehicle collisions with deer peak in the fall months, June is one of the worst months for driver and passenger injuries due to deer crashes. In four of the last five years, June ranked as the worst or second worst month for motorists’ injuries from deer crashes, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT). Motorists and deer are both plentiful this time of year, and all too often they meet on Wisconsin roadways with damaging consequences. Deer activity increases this time of year as does look for places to give birth and young deer separate from their mothers. With this increased activity, drivers may encounter more deer darting into the paths of their vehicles without warning. Locally, Fox Point and …
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Despite volunteer efforts, parents say danger remains at Brown Deer and Regent Road intersection.
With cars flying by at nearly 40 mph, a Bayside Middle School student waits to cross Brown Deer Road near Bayside Service Center early one weekday morning. The yellow lights on the pedestrian crossing signs blink rapidly, but driver after driver ignores the instruction while the children wait to cross. Then, a concerned driver turns halfway into the intersection and simply stops, holding up traffic so the waiting kids can cross. This is a daily pattern for students and other pedestrians at the corner of Brown Deer and Regent Roads. Connie Knapp is a Bayside resident whose 13-year-old daughter is one of those students who frequent this intersection. She rides her bike to the intersection, presses the crossing button, and sometimes waits for…
Friday, October 7, 2011
The latest reports from the North Shore Fire Department.
The North Shore Fire Department responded to a total of 134 calls for service, 97 EMS calls, and 37 fire and rescue calls from Sept. 26 to Oct. 2 throughout the North Shore. Here is a summary of the calls from Fox Point, Bayside, Whitefish Bay and Shorewood. Fox Point Bayside Shorewood Whitefish Bay
Friday, September 2, 2011
Battalion Chief Jeff Weigand was instrumental in fire department consolidation and a well-respected leader.
After 30 years of protecting North Shore communities — first in Fox Point and then as a member of the North Shore Fire Department — Battalion Chief Jeff Weigand is retiring. As a battalion chief, Weigand oversaw firefighters at five different stations within the NSFD. Chief Robert Whitaker said Weigand didn't just do his job – he excelled. “He was a great emergency scene manager and was able to quickly process information and think on his feet,” Whitaker said, adding that Weigand wasn’t the kind of supervisor to shy away from difficult issues either, and preferred to challenge them head-on. “Jeff worked great with others and was always willing to talk about issues and discuss them.” While his official last day will be Sept. 9, Weigand, 53…
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
DOT says June is a bad month for deer and vehicle collisions.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
State transportation officials are urging motorists to be on the lookout for roaming deer when they hit the roads this month. During June, deer are looking for places to give birth and young deer separate from their mothers. As a result, drivers may encounter more deer darting into the paths of their vehicles without warning, the DOT says. Although motor vehicle collisions with deer peak in the fall, June is one of the worst months for driver and passenger injuries due to vehicle collisions with deer. In four of the last five years, June ranked as the worst or second worst month for motorists injured from deer crashes, said the DOT's Randy Romanski. “Of course, the best way to prevent injuries is to avoid crashes by driving cautiously and …
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Wisconsin is one of 29 states that do not enforce a bicycle helmet law.
The arrival of May means summer is around the corner. It also means a wealth of new opportunities for fun under the sun. Summer brings backyard barbecues, pool parties, and of course, kids riding their bikes around the neighborhood. May also happens to be Bicycle Safety Month – an important time of year to reiterate the importance of bicycle safety. Wisconsin is one of 29 states that does not enforce a bicycle helmet use law. This gives us even more of a responsibility to encourage safe bicycling habits, the most important of which is wearing a helmet. Helmets prevent serious injury and even death, and although helmet use is not required, I believe it is absolutely necessary. According to Safe Kids USA, bikes are associated with more child…
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
More than 100 riders will travel through Fox Point silently, two by two.
On Wednesday, more than 100 bicyclists will solemnly ride through Fox Point for the Ride of Silence, in memory of bicycle accident victims and as a reminder of the importance of bicycle safety. The free, volunteer-run ride will start rain or shine at 7 p.m. in Wheel & Sprocket’s parking lot, 6940 N. Santa Monica Blvd. An international event, the Ride of Silence takes place simultaneously in 18 countries and seven Wisconsin cities, including Fox Point, Appleton, Lake Geneva, Oshkosh, Racine, Viroqua and Waukesha. “The Ride of Silence is to honor people who died in accidents, were injured or traumatized, and to remember those we’ve lost. It’s also about learning safety and how to be a survivor,” said Chris Kegel, president of Wheel & …
Saturday, April 23, 2011
A weekly recap highlighting the week's top news in Fox Point and Bayside.
Fox Point-Bayside Patch is featuring a weekly recap of the top stories from April 17-23. UPDATED: Two Accidents on I-43 ; Car vs. Semi and Jaws of Life Required for Second Accident Around 3 p.m. Thursday, two vehicles crashed in independent accidents on Interstate 43 between Brown Deer Road and County Line Road. The first vehicle skidded up onto the grass and rolled and the second incident occurred about one mile south, where a car sideswiped a semi-truck. Both drivers were safely extricated with help from the North Shore Fire Department with only minor injuries. Check out the story for photos and a video at the crash site. Darling Recall Supporters File 30,000 Petition Signatures After collecting 10,000 more signatures than necessary, …
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office recaps spin-outs, accidents and rollovers.
While it sprinkled and drizzled Tuesday, it was just cold enough that much of that moisture partially froze into a sloppy, slippery mess, leading to many accidents, spin-outs and rollovers throughout Milwaukee County. According to a press release from the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to 14 crashes between 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. Four rollover crashes occurred throughout Milwaukee in just a one-hour time span. Two people were extricated from a vehicle at a crash at northbound Interstate 43 near the Ozaukee County line, resulting in the closure of all three lanes and diverting traffic to the Port Washington Road off ramp. Mequon Fire Department was on scene for this roller as of 2 p.m. to help get the …
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Milwaukee man faces up 11 years in prison and fines up to $37,600.
Lekennen T. Kirk has officially been charged in the hit-and-run crash from Sunday on I-43 by the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office. The 24-year-old Milwaukee man was driving northbound on I-43 while under the influence of alcohol and struck the rear of another vehicle. He abandoned his vehicle, fleeing the scene on foot, and attempted to get inside a van as it slowed to avoid hitting him, clinging to the luggage rack and breaking a window. Bayside, River Hills and the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office all worked together in apprehending the man. The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office investigated the incident, and charges were issued today by the District Attorney’s Office. Kirk faces six counts including: If convicted on all counts, Kirk …