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Milwaukee lawmakers prepare red light camera proposal
6:28 PM, Oct 17, 2017
11:42 AM, Oct 18, 2017
MILWAUKEE - Local lawmakers are pushing for red light and speeding cameras to cut down on reckless driving in Milwaukee.
The proposal would require a change to state law. The suggested five-year pilot program authored by state Rep. David Crowley would allow Milwaukee police to send citations via mail without an officer there to witness the violation.
“We have had mothers daughters, fathers and sons lost to this growing epidemic,” Crowley said.
Crowley introduced the Safe Roads Save Lives Act in a news conference on Tuesday. The proposal would add red light and speed cameras at up to 35 of the worst Milwaukee intersections. Under current state law, police officers can’t use photo identification to determine if someone is speeding.
“You can only build so many speed bumps before greater enforcement efforts must be enacted,” said Ald. Cavalier Johnson.
Crowley’s proposed would issue traffic citations to those caught on camera going more than 20 miles over the limit and to those who neglect red lights. Milwaukee aldermen said the cameras would come at the expense of a contracted company, meaning there would be no initial cost for the city. Each violation would range from $50 to $100.