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Reckless Driving Task Force looks at engineering solutions to stop speeders

Posted at 6:56 PM, Sep 06, 2019

MILWAUKEE — The Reckless Driving Task Force is working on engineering solutions to help stop reckless driving in Milwaukee.

On Friday, members met to discuss pavement narrowing, lane-narrowing curb extensions and speed humps as an effort to stop speeders.

Lane-narrowing safety improvements have already been made on the North Avenue and Locust Street bridges. On North Avenue, they have seen a 50% to 70% reduction in people driving faster than 40 mph, according to task force officials.

"Two or three minutes you are saving is not worth your life or your family's life." — Alderman Mike Murphy

Alderman Mike Murphy said engineering solutions are just part of their efforts to make the roadways safer. He said there also needs to be a strategy for enforcement and accountability.

"We have to educate and remind people to slow down. Two or three minutes you are saving is not worth your life or your family's life," said Murphy.

On Hawley Road, the speed limit is 30 miles per hour, but 90% of the drivers observed were speeding. Murphy said we all need to do our part to help make the roads safe for everyone.