Milwaukee law enforcement targeting reckless drivers

Starting May 1, more officers, deputies and troopers in Southeast Wisconsin will be put on traffic safety patrol as part of a joint effort to go after unsafe drivers.

“Recklessly speeding in Milwaukee, running stop signs and red lights, is producing devastating destruction,” said Milwaukee County Sheriff Richard Schmidt. 

Milwaukee police, the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office and the Wisconsin State Patrol announced a team effort Monday to target reckless drivers. They plan on dedicating more law enforcement to traffic patrol. A couple locations, like Fond du Lac Avenue and Capitol Drive, will be areas of focus. 

But law enforcement doesn’t want to give out all the locations where they plan to target. They hope is, this new traffic initiative, will cut back on reckless driving. 

“In 2010, there were over 7,000 vehicle accidents in the city of Milwaukee. In 2016, that number increased to over 11,000,” said Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales. 

This traffic initiative isn’t costing the city, county or state any more money. Mayor Barrett said the funds are built into the budget. 

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