MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee Police Chief Jeffrey Norman and Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson announced Monday, May 2, the start of a new tow policy to help combat reckless driving.
“I want reckless drivers to stop, and I want them to think twice about what they are doing and how they are driving,” said Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson.
Police have been given the all clear to tow unregistered vehicles involved in reckless driving incidents. The initiative will allow police to tow any unlicensed vehicle engaged in reckless driving, exceeding the speed limit by 25mph or more and trying to get away from officers or drag racing.
“We have selfish, inconsiderate drivers who roam in traffic, in and out of the lanes, no respect for pedestrians, no respect for cyclists, no respect for the cars around them,” the mayor of Milwaukee said. Cavalier Johnson.
Cavalier Johnson, Mayor of Milwaukee
No longer content to hand out citations, police hope the new step could hurt the pockets of reckless drivers.
“Especially for people who cause death, harm and destruction and use vehicles as 2,000 pound missiles on the streets of our city,” Johnson said. “People who drive recklessly must face the consequences.”
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The mayor mentioned that the towed cars will not be released until their fees are paid, their cars are registered and the owner comes here with a valid driver’s license.
“In response to the public asking for more effort for reckless driving, this is another tool,” Milwaukee Police Chief Jeffrey Norman said.
Milwaukee Police Chief Jeffrey Norman
The chief also mentioned that at least half a dozen vehicles have already been towed as part of this initiative. In addition, a gun and drugs were also confiscated.
“Three takeaways that I would like to say to the public, be responsible in your driving. As a driver, you have a responsibility to comply with the rules of the road,” Norman said. “Second point, if you lend your car, know who you lend your car to. It is important to understand that the responsibility lies with you as well as with whoever drives your car. If your vehicle to take children go to the school, going to work, having that freedom of mobility ensuring responsibility behind that vehicle before lending that vehicle to someone who does not understand the importance of what that vehicle means, the rules of the road or what that vehicle means to you.”
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If your car is towed, Milwaukee police will require a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance. Reckless drivers will also have to pay towing fees before getting their car back. More information can be found on the MPD Road Safety Unit website.