Community activist, neighbors calling for more enforcement after dangerous Sunday crash

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Community activists and neighbors are calling for more enforcement after the high-speed crash Sunday near 96th and Nash that ended with the front end of a car folded in half by a tree and four people in the hospital.

They said they want to see more police enforcement in residential neighborhoods when it comes to reckless driving, but they're also looking for ways to make sure people are slowing down even when a squad car isn't nearby.

"Even with no through street from the busy street there, there's been a lot of speeding up and down in front of the school, too, with all the children playing over there at the playground," said neighbor Jim Hopan.

Hopan said when he came home Sunday afternoon, he was greeted by a scene of his neighbors gathered around the wrecked car, but he said this isn't the first time reckless driving has been an issue in the neighborhood.

Community activist Tracey Dent said this is just the latest example of bad decisions leading to worse consequences after watching the video Monday.

"And it shouldn't have never happened. We have to encourage these young people to slow down," said Dent.

He said he wants the city to take action with things like more stop signs or speed bumps.

"Those are some things that you know, like the city can do, and just that's a good investment to deter speeding, especially in residential neighborhoods," said Dent.

But he said more enforcement and harsher consequences would be helpful as well, a sentiment shared by Hopan.

"More speed traps, people being pulled over, there's many cars that are speeding that don't have license plates," said Hopan, "I wish they would police that a little bit more."

Dent said he's looking to put a petition together to try and get the city to look into more traffic control devices.

The crash happened just after 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, first responders said the car was going around 55 miles per hour in a 25 mile per hour zone.

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