MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn on Monday afternoon, October 16th vowed to hold reckless drivers accountable. He hosted a news conference at 27th and Fond du Lac on efforts to enforce traffic laws using some new tactics. This, after a serious crash on Saturday night.
Chief Flynn said Monday was the first day of MPD's new "Traffic Enforcement Surge" initiative after Saturday's serious crash -- and several other incidents, some of them deadly.
The department will be targeting more than 50 intersections in Milwaukee that are considered dangerous in an effort to stop more vehicles -- with a goal of cutting down on reckless driving and speeding.
"Speeding, reckless driving, passing on the right, going through red lights," Flynn said.
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett joined Chief Flynn for the news conference.
"We are letting the residents of this city know, both the good residents who drive safely and those residents who drive recklessly, that the police are not only going to continue the work that they've begun, but they are going to pick up the pace even more," Barrett said.
Officials said so far in 2017, 52 people have been killed in crashes, and 400 have been hurt. That's the same amount of people hurt in non-fatal shootings.
Saturday's crash happened around 10:25 p.m. near 34th Street and Hampton Avenue.
Police say a stolen 2017 Mazda CX-5 was racing another vehicle east on W. Hampton Avenue. The driver of the Mazda lost control of the vehicle, crossed the median into westbound traffic and collided with three other vehicles.
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