Ride Along: A look at the Milwaukee Co. Sheriff's traffic saturation patrol

Posted at 10:14 PM, Oct 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-19 23:14:32-04

Milwaukee County Acting Sheriff Richard Schmidt released the latest numbers the speed and reckless driving saturation patrols on county freeways. Since last Thursday 252 tickets were written, 173 of those for speeding. 

The sheriff made speed enforcement a priority when he took over just weeks ago.

“I am pleased with the efforts of the deputies and troopers. We will continue to make it publicly known that I am committed to the saturation patrols until we gain voluntary compliance to the laws in place to keep the motoring public safe," he said.

Most of the speeding citations written are for drivers that were going 16 to 24 miles per hour over the limit. During a ride along with TODAY'S TMJ4, 13 speeding citations were given out in 90 minutes.

One to the driver of a dump truck who was clocked at 72 mph, the other to a motorcyclist stopped for driving 81 mph. 

Schmidt said the effort is to focus on public safety and is not based on generating revenue.  The sheriff’s office often partners with the Wisconsin State Patrol for the saturation patrols.