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News: MPD working on plan to tow cars of reckless drivers in Milwaukee

by | Jan 14, 2022 | News

MILWAUKEE, WI — At a Milwaukee Press Club event Thursday afternoon, Police Chief Jeffrey Norman spoke of a plan to further curb reckless driving in the city, according to WISN.

The conversation began with questions posed by WISN 12’s Hillary Mintz during an organized luncheon at 137 East Wells Street downtown.

According to the chief, of the roughly 19,000 traffic tickets issued in 2021, more than 10,000 were for speeding.

Norman went on to say that despite the need for more officers in the department’s traffic safety unit, he does not believe traffic citations are enough to decrease reckless driving.

The department is now considering a new plan that would authorize officers to take a suspect’s car at the scene for speeding, or certain reckless driving behaviors, particularly if the suspect is unlicensed.

In the proposed plan, the Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission would both have to sign off on towing vehicles for reckless driving.

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