MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee’s mayor and police chief provided an update on the city’s new tow policy that went into effect May 1, 2022.
The policy allows police to tow vehicles when drivers are cited for an unregistered vehicle and receive a citation for one of the following offences:
- Dangerous driving
- Excessive speeding (25 MPH+)
- Run away from the officers
Over the past five months, over 100 vehicles have been towed due to this policy. Half of these cars were driven by someone who did not own them. Additionally, more than half of the drivers did not have a valid driver’s license, according to MPD.
Around 85% of towed cars came from police speeding checks. The average speed over the limit was 31 miles per hour and the highest speed over the limit was 52 miles per hour.
This towing policy has resulted in six arrests so far. Of the six arrests, three people were arrested for carrying illegal firearms and/or drugs, two people were arrested for reckless driving endangering safety, and one person was arrested for driving with revocation due to the alcohol.
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“It works,” Milwaukee Police Chief Jeffrey Norman said. “We put in the effort, and there are real results.”
Sixteen of the 100 cars towed by police were never recovered from the towing lot.
“If you don’t come to the tow lot and don’t have the proper credentials, or if you don’t register your vehicle, or if you don’t get insurance, your vehicle will be sold. auctioned off or disposed of,” Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson said.
This effort goes hand in hand with the fact that Milwaukee has recently become a Vision Zero City. Leaders pledge to take targeted action, so that there are no traffic-related deaths or serious injuries in the city by March 2037.
It’s a 15-year goal worth reaching, but is it enough for now?
“You’re right, it will take time to implement these things,” Mayor Johnson said. “While we’re talking about changing routes and behaviors, it’s not going to happen in a week or a year. But that’s where resources like our towing policy and field personnel today help make an impact in the meantime. The safe driving education component over time will also help alleviate the problem. »
For more information on Towing Policy and the Milwaukee Police Department Traffic Safety Unit visit MPDTSU.org.
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