Biggs: Green Bay opponents face no red lights

Opponents will be able to zip straight to Lambeau Field now from the nearby town of Appleton, or wherever they might be staying.

Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle signed into law a bill that permits police escorts to lead team buses through red lights now. That means no more stopping on the way to the ballgame for visiting teams there to play the Packers.

According to a report in the Green Bay Press-Gazette, the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel in nearby Appleton, which hosts many visiting teams because of a shortage of suitable hotels in Green Bay, lobbied for the bill to ensure teams will continue to stay there knowing they can get an uninterrupted ride to the stadium. Appleton is 30 miles from Green Bay.

So does that mean pedal to the metal for the bus drivers the Minnesota Vikings will use on the morning of Nov. 1? Surely there aren’t any law enforcement officials interested in ticketing the Purple party. A cynic might wonder if the Radisson in Appleton has plans to host lawmakers in the future as well.

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