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Molly Wentworth: Proven, Promoted … and Now Tested

Nikki Peroutka

Director of Account Services

Molly Wentworth owns the joyous voice you’ve heard answering calls to Element for the past three years, and hers is the smiling face that greets you when you visit Element’s De Pere office.

Yet, her skillset goes far beyond what you may associate with a front desk professional. Simply put, Molly has saved all of our hides at some point. Whether that’s adjusting schedules, catching typos, or interjecting wise observations, Molly’s abilities are wonderous.

And, you can’t hold an awesome thing back. Therefore, Element has promoted Molly to fill our open Traffic Manager position. That means she’s in charge of … well, everything (in a sense). Molly now has to manage nearly every project within Element at all times, which could total upwards of 50 projects!

She has to enter projects into our system, assist with estimating, assign team members, route through all steps, handle any outside production, gently nudge Elementals when needed, shuffle priorities, and close out projects. Yeah, now multiply that task list times 50. It boggles the mind.

To get an idea of how Molly may fare at handling her challenging new Traffic Manager responsibilities, we put her to the test. After all, we can’t have potholes or fender-benders slowing us down.

Feel free to take the quiz along with Molly. Full disclosure: These questions (and answers) are reported to be absolute facts according to the internet. You know how reliable that thing is. Have fun!

Question: Do livestock have the right-of-way on Wisconsin roadways?

Molly: Of course! There’s no way my car can take on a cow!

Answer: According to Wisconsin statute 346.21, drivers must yield the right of way to farm animals on Wisconsin roads and highways. However, the person in charge of said animals (hopefully there’s a responsible human nearby) must attempt to keep the roadway clear.

Q: Molly, although you’re an experienced ad pro, you’re new to managing traffic. When it comes to new drivers (probationary license/instruction permit), what’s the law regarding cell phone use?

M: Absolutely no cell phone use while driving a car. I’m going to assume that if you get caught, you immediately go to jail. That’s how I would handle it!

A: Any cell phone use is prohibited for drivers with probationary licenses and instruction permits. Plus, ALL drivers are banned from using cell phones in construction zones and highway maintenance areas unless it’s an emergency. Oh, and texting is illegal for all drivers, too. Eyes on the road, people!

Q: How is a roundabout supposed to work? Why are they a safer alternative to traditional intersections? What if there are livestock within the roundabout?

M: You gotta yield to drivers already in the roundabout, but if it’s clear, don’t come to a complete stop. I honestly don’t think they’re safer since most people don’t understand how they work. And again, livestock always have the right-of-way, so I’d say find another roundabout!

A: When approaching a roundabout, drivers yield to the left, enter, go counterclockwise around the center island, and choose an exit. Roundabouts nearly eliminate injury-causing head-on and T-bone collisions because traffic moves in the same direction and at slower speeds. Yes, livestock always have the right-of-way. Mooove over, humans.

Q: What’s the speed limit when driving within a park in the village of Pardeeville, WI?

M: I don’t hail from Wisconsin, so I have no idea where Pardeeville is, but I’m going to guess 10 mph. It sounds like the kind of place that should take things slow.

A: According to Section 4-5-1 (12) of the Village of Pardeeville Code of Ordinances, no person shall operate any vehicle in a village park in excess of 10 mph, unless otherwise posted.

Well done, Molly! You’ve proven that you’re more than ready to be our “Head of Moving Violations” and tackle Element’s Traffic Manager responsibilities. Congrats!