In the past 5 years, the number of fatalities and injuries associated with reckless driving have increased exponentially in Milwaukee. The issue is complex and consists of numerous layers. There are various factors that contribute to these numbers. They include the opioid crisis and the rise of individuals driving under the influence. People texting while driving. The lack of driver’s education in public schools which has left a generation of youth without the basic understanding and appreciation of the rules of the road. The glamorization of fast driving in music, movies and video games. The systemic consequences of driver’s license laws which make it impossible for some to obtain a license, ultimately devaluing the need to secure one. There is also a local vehicle pursuit policy that has shifted several times over the years signaling inconsistencies and resulting in nonconformists fleeing police. All of these contribute to a very dangerous scenario on our city streets and highways.
Clearly, there are many layers and factors responsible for the current increase in reckless driving. It presents a very challenging situation for those who know the rules of the road and abide by them. On the city streets, there is a code, an expectation that anyone navigating the roads has respect for the users whether they be pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists, bus drivers or automobile motorists. If there is a group, even a small one, that disregards the rules, it creates havoc for all.
We need safe streets. We desire safe streets. We demand safe streets.
Slow down, life matters
So many signs and signals
Learn the Rules of the Road
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1.6 million crashes in U.S. related to texting;
20% of U.S. drivers send emails and texts while driving
25% car crashes in U.S. are related to cell phone
Source: Aleksandar Dimovkski Blog; Carinsurance
In 2020, the City of Milwaukee had 77 car crash fatalities, an increase of 60% from 2019
Police pursuits on the rise in Milwaukee
Source: 2019 Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission Report on Vehicle Pursuits
The World Health Organization reports that road injury is one of the top 10 causes of death
Types of impaired driving: Alcohol
*Over 10,000 killed in the United States in
2019 due to alcohol