Involved residents gathered at Sherman Park on Saturday to debate options to town’s reckless driving downside.
“What we’d like, is for this metropolis to come back collectively,” stated Celia Jackson with the Coalition for Secure Driving MKE.
It was clear, from the audio system, that they need a extra unified effort to make town’s roads secure.
“We won’t simply have one group doing this, one other group doing that. Anyone else doing one thing over right here and none of them are weaved collectively,” stated Jackson.
So, recently, there was speak about getting behind a method referred to as Vision Zero, which is utilized by cities all over the world.
“That comes with highway engineering, narrowing lanes, curb extensions, pedestrian infrastructure. After which our youngsters may use this [Sherman] park with out being afraid of getting hit by automobiles,” stated Jordan Morales with the Sherman Park Group Affiliation.
The technique’s predominant aim: set a timeline to realize zero site visitors deaths and accidents.
Metropolis officers in Madison, for instance, have adopted Imaginative and prescient Zero and report a major discount in dashing citations throughout the Wisconsin capital. Madison’s aim is zero fatalities and accidents by 2030.
Along with highway overhauls, as talked about by Morales, Imaginative and prescient Zero advocates for pace discount, data-driven enforcement, and fairness and neighborhood engagement.
In Milwaukee, dashing citations by way of September this yr roughly tripled in comparison with the identical interval in 2020.
And in accordance with the Visitors Security Unit, of almost 10,000 citations issued from February this yr, greater than half are for individuals driving at the least 20 miles an hour over the restrict.
Sixty individuals have died in site visitors crashes this yr and greater than 35,000 have been injured.
“We’re asking that the mayor and the frequent council declare reckless driving a public security and public well being emergency,” stated Morales.
By doing that, Morales hopes, town strikes extra shortly towards highway overhauls.
However simply as vital, says Celia Jackson, is the neighborhood engagement. It is wanted, she says, to remind if not educate individuals, that site visitors legal guidelines are in place for a motive.
“You don’t need something to occur to you and also you actually don’t desire something to occur to one among your loved ones members. For those who do not perceive and admire that, then you recognize, we bought a tall order,” stated Jackson.