Help End Reckless Driving

Driving Down Crashes in the Sherman and Dineen Park Neighborhoods
Do you think people driving in Milwaukee have become more reckless?  Neighbors and organizations in westside Milwaukee neighborhoods think so and are coming together for safer streets.  ”Driving Down Crashes in Sherman Park and Dineen Park” is working to educate drivers along  main thoroughfares about the dangers of excessive speeding, driving/passing in the parking or bike lanes, running red lights, and driving recklessly on Milwaukee streets. They have also discovered that traffic citations have been on a overall decline, falling from an annual high of 11,686 in 2008 down to 2,126 in 2016. They are pursuing a multi-pronged approach that will help reduce reckless driving throughout the city and invite you and your neighborhood to get involved, including asking for more enforcement of traffic laws.

With more people killed while crossing the street in half of 2017  than in all of 2016, we need our streets to be safer.

Other groups are taking notice including MilWALKee Walks, Latinos Por La Salud Path to Platinum, and Share & Be Aware.

Anyone can join the Kick-off Rally: this Thursday, July 27 th 4:00-5:30 PM (Chief’s office and City Hall). Some signs will be available or make your own!

Everyone is also invited to ongoing rally’s in the neighborhoods along Capitol. Meet at Albright Parking Lot—55 th and Capitol
Dr. Signs available.

1. Friday, the 28 th —3:00-5:00PM

2. Saturday, August 5th—10:00-noon
3. Friday, August 11th—7:30 – 9:30 AM
4. Thursday, August 31 st —3:00-5:00 PM

 

Elements of the Campaign

1.) Informational picketing—continuing efforts to educate drivers about speeding and passing on the right and running red lights, a program started last summer with signs and picketers.  The goal is to have at least 40-50 residents out on the streets picketing and asking drivers to slow down and obey traffic laws multiple times this summer.

2.) Focus efforts on dangerous intersections by providing crash data and info on the cost of city property destroyed in crashes. The goal is to inform drivers about the dangers lurking in certain intersections. Residents will make and move a sign board with the number of crashes and deaths at each intersection.

3.) Working with Milwaukee Police, State Legislators, the Mayor’s office, and the Common Council’s Public Safety Committee to explore special speed enforcement zones which larger fines (two times the present fines) along with community service assigned to drivers who exceed the speed limits—at least 10 miles over the poster speed.

Do you want to lead a similar event in your neighborhood?  If you do, let us know and the Bike Fed can try to support your efforts or connect you with the local organizers.

Too busy to lead an effort?  Simply call your alder and say you want a safe street network and more enforcement to help make walking and biking even safer.

About Jessica Wineberg, Program Director

The second staff member hired for the Milwaukee office 10 years ago, Jessica created and runs Bike Fed’s statewide Safe Routes to School Programs, Bike Camps, and adult bicyclist and motorist education programs. Jessica lives in the Riverwest neighborhood with her husband Christian and son Everett.

2 thoughts on “Help End Reckless Driving

  1. Great article! Nice that there are a variety of times.

    Citations down from 11,000 to 2,000? That is not a coincidence! That strikes me as some sort of strategy, a plan from the police and/or politicians to allow people be be irresponsible.

    While where I live in Whitefish Bay might be thought of as safe, a pedestrian was killed here a short time ago while in the crosswalk. I have not bothered complaining to police or village officials because I genuinely think they do not care. They, too, are probably part of this plan to NOT write traffic citations. I can walk my dog or ride through the village and see multiple high-speed violations within minutes, yet in the entire four-plus years I have walked the dog every day, I have NEVER seen a traffic stop. Not once in over four years! How can I stand at the corner by Dunkin’ Donuts and watch someone race through a red light every three or four light cycles, yet NEVER see anyone ticketed? About half of the drivers waiting at the light by Starbucks on Silver Spring are texting or using social media, yet I have never seen a traffic stop. It’s a plan. It’s deliberate. For some reason, politicians and police officials have decided to stop enforcing traffic laws. How else do you go from 11,000 citations to 2,000? The results, especially in more crowded areas like the northwest side of Milwaukee, are deadly. in my neighborhood, people and their children have adjusted their behavior, well aware that the streets are increasingly dangerous. I think there is less opportunity for pedestrians to adjust their behavior in the neighborhoods that are having most of the fatalities.

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