MILWAUKEE -- Neighbors on the city's south side are taking the reckless driving epidemic into their own hands. Many are pooling together thousands of dollars to install speed bumps.
TODAY'S TMJ4 went to a neighborhood where residents say reckless driving is a problem. It took mere minutes to capture speeders with a handheld radar gun in front of a senior assisted living facility at S. 18th and Becher. We looked at the outcome with Milwaukee County Supervisory Peggy West.
"In a posted zone where it says 30 miles-per-hour [this car] is going 53 miles-per-hour at 9 a.m. on a Sunday," said West.
Community Activist Rafael Mercado tells us this is the norm -- even when it goes down to 20 miles-per-hour for a school just around the corner.
Leaders in the Sherman Park neighborhood installed speed bumps at Concordia and Auer between 51st and 52nd Streets, in November.
"It's completely changed the traffic pattern of the neighborhood no one comes flying down this street anymore," said Zechariah Mahler, Sherman Park Citizen Patrol.
Mahler explains the Sherman Park Citizen Patrol gathered signatures and about $40 from every homeowner in the neighborhood to pay for those speed bumps. Each costs about $2,000. He says it was worth it.