Teens were shown the dangers of joyriding in stolen cars, carjacking, and reckless driving with visual reinforcements in Milwaukee today.
The Running Rebels Community Group and the Milwaukee Office of Violence Prevention used a heavily damaged car to illustrate what can happen in high speed crashes. The car was adorned with notes from teens expressing what they could lose if they were involved in the illegal activity. Answers ranged from my life, to family and future.
Reggie Moore, Director of the Milwaukee Office of Violence Prevention says "people are just as afraid of losing their lives or being injured as the result of a car accident due to reckless driving, as they are of other forms of violence in this city."
The group started a prevention campaign called "Jack a Car, Jack up Your Life." The website provides a series of real life stories on the dangers of 'stolies' or stolen cars. It also includes a new PSA video aimed at young people in Milwaukee.