I had a chance to talk to Dave Schlabowske today in response to yet another fatality in which a cyclist was killed by a negligent driver after falling asleep at the wheel, crossing the center line and striking and the cyclist.
Dave posted a blog about it here: http://bfw.org/2012/10/26/our-laws-do-not-protect-us-when-we-ride/
It is important that Wisconsin adopt a Vulnerable User law to fill the gap between negligence and criminal conduct so that car operators are held accountable for their actions if they strike and seriously injure or kill a cyclist. The high burden of proof for a criminal case prohibits the district attorney from bringing charges on many car vs. bike cases. Thus, the driver may pay small citation fees and/or have to defend against a civil suit. This needs to change, so that driver's begin to change their actions on the road.
Please read Dave's blog posted above. And ride and drive safely.