Milwaukee police ramps up patrol to curb reckless driving

Posted at 9:25 PM, Oct 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-16 23:14:24-04

Milwaukee Police are cracking down on reckless drivers in the city.

Police Chief Ed Flynn is sending out a surge of traffic enforcement officers in areas that see the most crime and traffic problems. He said the two are related.

"The same neighborhoods that are plagued with non-fatal shooting, robberies and car thefts are the same neighborhoods that are plagued with reckless driving and accidents related to the driving of stolen cars," Flynn said.

Milwaukee mom Tasha Hoople said it's about time.

"They drive like their crazy," she said.

She worries about letting her children play outside.

The officers are going to be targeting at least 50 different intersections throughout the city. The enforcement started Monday afternoon at 27th Street and Fond Du Lac Avenue. 

Some residents are concerned the extra enforcement will likely mean more police chases according to Flynn. 

"I feel it's not going to do anything. It's just going to extend the chases," said Milwaukee resident Tony Anderson. 

Mayor Tom Barrett said he needs the courts to work with police because often the same reckless drivers end up back on the road after a slap on the wrist.

"If there are no consequences for these individuals they are not going to learn," Barrett said.

These extra patrols are planned to last until the end of the year.