Dick Steinberg has resided in the city of Brookfield for 35 years. He served 34 years as municipal judge and has been an attorney for 50 years. He enjoys tennis, golf, biking and creative writing, which includes legal issues, sports, government and people.
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The Wisconsin state legislature got it right this time. The new open car door law, already effective, provides that when opening doors of motor vehicles on highways a person must first take due precaution to ensure that his or her act will not interfere with the movement of traffic or endanger any other person or vehicle.
Operators of motor vehicles must also ensure that persons under age 16 do not open doors without taking the same precaution. (Act 22. 6/23/09. Sec. 364.94(20).
In my opinion, a good amendment would be to extend this law to shopping centers, if there is jurisdiction, and other public right of ways to protect pedestrians from harm.