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Catching drivers speeding at 60th and Capitol

Posted at 7:07 PM, Jun 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-25 20:07:39-04

MILWAUKEE — One week after Milwaukee Police Officer Kou Her was struck and killed by a drunk driver at 60th and Capitol, TODAY's TMJ4 wanted to take a deeper look at how dangerous that intersection is.

With a speed gun bought online and a camera, TODAY'S TMJ4 camped out at that intersection to catch people speeding and running red lights.

In the two hours there, the radar gun picked up dozens of cars driving faster than 41 miles per hour. The speed limit is 35, and we decided not to include anything within a five mph range.

The fastest car clocked in at 67 mph, and many were driving around 50 mph. Two men on dirt bikes were even doing large wheelies through the intersection.

Speeds collectively picked up as the lights turned yellow. Packs of cars would zoom through the intersection. Plus, many cars ran blatant red lights.

This kind of behavior has pedestrians who walk around there nervous.

"Speeding is another thing," Brian Johnson said. "You can’t even see some of the cars. They go so dang quick."

Despite more media attention to the intersection after the tragic accident, Thomas Anderson said that hasn't made a difference.

"People don’t know how to drive," said Anderson. "They run through the lights all the time. They see a yellow light; they shoot through it. They don’t slow down pedestrians in the intersection. They just keep going. They don’t care."

Police said that they would increase patrols in that area. During the two hour observation period, at least six were spotted going through the area.