Milwaukee leaders discuss ways to reduce carjackings and reckless driving
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Milwaukee city and county leaders are moving forward with a plan to cut down on carjackings and reckless driving.
A subcommittee for the newly created task force met this morning to discuss options to crack down on the problem.
The members of the subcommittee discussed more than a dozen recommendations to cut down the problem in the city and the county.
The subcommittee is made up of a judge, alderman, and representatives from Milwaukee Public Schools and the Milwaukee Police Department.
One of the recommendations is a Milwaukee Police Department Public Relations campaign possibly using public service announcements and billboards warning about the consequences of reckless driving.
Another one is reaching out to young people regarding drivings safety and the consequences. Another idea that was discussed was using local celebrities to deliver the message.
Also, making driving laws stricter for young student drivers like increasing the hours of supervised driving up from 30 to up to 100 before they get their license.
A judge who is a member of the subcommittee says he's seen an increase in people in his courtroom for reckless driving.
"I just had the largest speeding I've ever had in my court, 110 in a 40. I've never seen that before and I've been on the bench going on 18 years. Anything from passing on the right. What really scares me is we have everyone now riding these scooters in the bike lane and all of my passing on the right cases involve people riding in the bike lane so it just concerns me that it's just a matter of time before someone is going to get hit," said Judge Derek Mosley, with the City of Milwaukee Municipal Court.
Leaders say one of the major hurdles to implementing some of these recommendations is finding the funding for them.