It's Been A Lovely Cruise
Anybody who grew up in Southeastern Wisconsin over the past 50 years has probably, at one time or another, cruised down Highway 100 in West Allis.
Officials in West Allis, apparently concerned with their community becoming a modern day version of "American Graffiti", are ready should cruisers return this summer. Here's what their local ordinance says:
"10.18. Cruising. (1) Findings and purpose. It is hereby found that a threat to the public health, safety and welfare arises from congestion created by the repetitive unnecessary driving of motor vehicles, also known as cruising, at certain times on certain highways within the City of West Allis. The purpose of this ordinance is to reduce the dangerous traffic congestion, as well as the noise, air pollution, obstruction of streets, sidewalks, and parking lots, impediment of access to shopping centers or other public buildings open to the public, interference with use of property or conduct of business resulting from cruising, and to insure access for emergency vehicles to and through the said highways. ...
(2) Definitions. (a) "Cruising" shall mean driving a motor vehicle past a traffic control point, on a highway in the designated area, more than twice in any two hour period between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. Passing a designated control point a third time under the aforesaid conditions shall constitute unnecessary repetitive driving and cruising and, therefore, a violation of this section."
Penalties for a first offense start at $150 and quickly ratchet up to $600 for third and subsequent offenses.
At least one West Allis Alderman says that the State Patrol will be helping enforce this ordinance this summer and that new electronic surveillance techniques might be used.
During the 2 p.m. hour of Wednesday's radio show, we'll discuss whether West Allis is going to far in trying to stop an activity that has been a rite of passage for young people for decades?
Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section - and be sure to check back later to hear a replay of the segment.