Supporters of a bipartisan bill to allow the city of Milwaukee to install cameras at dangerous intersections say it could save lives.
Reckless driving is a persistent problem in Milwaukee, which sees dozens of fatal crashes each year. The city is trying various methods to get its citizens to obey traffic laws, and this bill would allow police officers to enforce those laws remotely. If a camera catches a driver going at least 20 mph over the speed limit or sees them running a red light, the owner of the car could get a ticket in the mail.
Rep. David Crowley, D-Milwaukee, is one of the bill’s sponsors. At a hearing Wednesday at the state Capitol, he said the goal of the program is to increase vigilance at intersections without actually placing police officers there.
“The Milwaukee Police Department simply does not have the resources to focus on complete traffic enforcement while simultaneously keeping violent crime rates down,” Crowley said.