Milwaukee police may be able to seize cars of reckless drivers

Milwaukee police may be able to seize cars of reckless drivers

Milwaukee police may soon be able to tow away the cars of reckless drivers. A Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission committee was considering the proposal Thursday evening.Reckless driving has become the biggest concern for many in Milwaukee.”It’s very terrible, too fast, cutting people off. It’s just terrible,” Milwaukee driver Shaynna Cook said.”I mean, it’s just dangerous every time you leave the house,” Milwaukee driver Jeff Birmingham said.Last year, Milwaukee police issued more than 29,000 citations for speeding or reckless driving and 66 people were killed in crashes.It’s why Police Chief Jeffrey Norman recently proposed letting police tow away the cars of some reckless drivers.”Speeding or reckless driving out there, and you’re unlicensed, we will tow your vehicle,” Norman said. Police could tow any unregistered vehicle of a driver stopped for endangering safety by reckless driving, speeding 25 miles or more over the limit, fleeing police, street racing.It’s a new drastic approach to try to stop reckless driving in Milwaukee, but will it make the city streets safer?”I think it’s a good idea. They need to do something ’cause giving them a ticket is not working,” Milwaukee driver Contreada Boyd said.But some aren’t convinced it will have an impact.”I don’t think it’s going to help. Most of these guys who are driving these cars, they’re not registered. They’re stolen cars. I don’t think it’s going to make much of a difference,” Birmingham said.Alderman Michael Murphy supports the towing plan but said more needs to be done to make the streets safer.”I think it’s long overdue. I think if you ask the average Milwaukeean, they’d say, ‘Why haven’t you done this before?’ So I think it’s a useful tool,” Murphy said. “But it’s one small step.”

Milwaukee police may soon be able to tow away the cars of reckless drivers.

A Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission committee was considering the proposal Thursday evening.

Reckless driving has become the biggest concern for many in Milwaukee.

“It’s very terrible, too fast, cutting people off. It’s just terrible,” Milwaukee driver Shaynna Cook said.

“I mean, it’s just dangerous every time you leave the house,” Milwaukee driver Jeff Birmingham said.

Last year, Milwaukee police issued more than 29,000 citations for speeding or reckless driving and 66 people were killed in crashes.

It’s why Police Chief Jeffrey Norman recently proposed letting police tow away the cars of some reckless drivers.

“Speeding or reckless driving out there, and you’re unlicensed, we will tow your vehicle,” Norman said.

Police could tow any unregistered vehicle of a driver stopped for endangering safety by reckless driving, speeding 25 miles or more over the limit, fleeing police, street racing.

It’s a new drastic approach to try to stop reckless driving in Milwaukee, but will it make the city streets safer?

“I think it’s a good idea. They need to do something ’cause giving them a ticket is not working,” Milwaukee driver Contreada Boyd said.

But some aren’t convinced it will have an impact.

“I don’t think it’s going to help. Most of these guys who are driving these cars, they’re not registered. They’re stolen cars. I don’t think it’s going to make much of a difference,” Birmingham said.

Alderman Michael Murphy supports the towing plan but said more needs to be done to make the streets safer.

“I think it’s long overdue. I think if you ask the average Milwaukeean, they’d say, ‘Why haven’t you done this before?’ So I think it’s a useful tool,” Murphy said. “But it’s one small step.”