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Milwaukee officials call for action to address reckless driving after officer killed in crash

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The crash that took the life of off-duty Milwaukee Police Officer Kou Her has inspired a call to action from Milwaukee Aldermen.

"Speeding, red light-running, reckless driving is increasingly becoming the norm," Alderman Bob Donovan said.

Surveillance video shows the moment before Officer Her's car was hit by a driver who ran a stoplight at 60th and Capitol. 

Officer Her was killed. The other driver, a 34-year-old man with four prior OWI convictions, was arrested.

Aldermen Bob Donovan and Mark Borkowski called for action from Mayor Tom Barrett Wednesday, calling for "a come to Jesus meeting with the mayor, our prosecutors, and our judges to ensure that everyone who breaks our traffic laws is held accountable to the fullest extent of the law."

The mayor says the problem is changing people's behavior. He says he's working with Alderman Michael Murphy, who spearheaded the City Carjacking and Reckless Driving Taskforce.

The group of law enforcement, health, and criminal justice officials plan to meet on Monday to look for solutions to the problem.

"A lot of it will be how do we change people's behavior, and the laws can do something here," Mayor Barrett said. "We're going to use the laws as much as we can."

Representative David Crowley proposed a bill that would bring red light cameras to the state. While he cannot say the cameras would have stopped the driver from killing Officer Her, he believes the cameras would make Milwaukee roads safer.

"Knowing there are cameras, we can start to deter people and start to think twice and slow down and make sure people understand that life is important," Crowley said. "And not just their lives, but everyone else in the neighborhood."

The driver who hit Officer Her's car has not yet been charged.

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