Accident Counts on Highway 16 Less Than Expected
Ask anybody who drives highway 16 daily in La Crosse and they'll tell you about the constant traffic back-ups caused by accidents.
As often as it happens, however, we've found that the number of intersection accidents on highway 16 have actually dropped significantly over a five year stretch. In 2005 higway 16 and Gillette street was the most accident-prone in the city, with 29 reported that year. Last year, there was only 8 at that intersection. Number two crash-prone intersection was at 16 and 157. 24 accidents in 2005. 22 last year. Number three that year; 16 and 157. That intersection dropped from 23 crashes to 7 last year. Police numbers show several intersections in the city now are much more likely to have accidents than those on highway 16.
Frac Sand Mining Meeting Coming
Representative Steve Doyle, Tara Johnson, Chair of the La Crosse County Board and Senator Jennifer Shilling are holding a community meeting on frac sand activity in the La Crosse area tonight. Doyle says frac mining is relatively new to the area....so who has interest in it?
Voter ID Rules Debated Again
Besides talking voter id rules today.....a senate rules panel is discussing the Government Accountability Board's decision to let technical college students use their school I-D's at the polls. And Sheboygan Senator Joe Liebham was knee deep in the debate.
Watch Where You Hunt
A couple of years ago, the DNR dropped the requirement that landowners had to post no trespassing signs on their property. As Wisconsin opens up the gun deer season this weekend, Lacrosse County Sheriff Steve Helgeson says, that issue will keep his deputies busy once again.
Harter Vetoes City Hall Weapons Ban
If the city council is trying to keep the public safe, banning guns is the wrong way to do it.
La Crosse mayor Matt Harter's reasoning for vetoing an ordinance passed by the city council this month that would keep even those with licenses from carrying concealed weapons in city buildings. Harter says, since preventing those who would legally carry weapons from doing so would mean only criminals would have guns, the city would be preventing properly licensed gun toters from defending themselves and others. Look for a vote from the council to override the mayor's veto during meetings next month.