MPS installs stakes around lawn of school in effort to combat reckless driving

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) maintenance workers spent Tuesday, Aug. 31, installing stakes around Green Tree Preparatory Academy, the latest school to see reckless drivers barnstorm on the front lawn as school let out.

A district spokesman said schools across the district may get similar barriers this school year.

Cavalier Johnson, President, Milwaukee Common Council "People have lost their lives, that should enrage everybody it certainly enrages me," said Milwaukee Common Council President Cavalier Johnson.

He said the city has partnered with MPS to bring back drivers education. It's also worked with the Fire and Police Commission to allow officers to chase reckless drivers again. Johnson said the city should follow MPS barrier strategy too.

"Putting up physical barriers to stop people driving recklessly, take the toys away from folks who are behaving badly," said Johnson.

An MPS spokesman said the district is considering adding stakes, boulder, and other safety measures at schools district wide following reckless driving incidents at both Green Tree Prep and Marshall High School as well.

"We have to have additional resources both for engineering but also for law enforcement, to monitor this, if we have to have more police around the schools to make sure there's no more reckless driving, than I want to do that," said Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.

Barrett said the city will also work with MPS to fight this latest trend.

"We have to make sure the kids are safe, the faculty is safe, everybody has to be safe, we're committed to that," said Barrett.

Milwaukee police said they found one of the cars that drove on Green Tree Prep's lawn.

It was crashed into pole. Stolen. They didn't find anyone to arrest.

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