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The Milwaukee Police Department has been working closely with neighborhood groups, schools and business districts and elected officials to reduce speeding and improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists. Strategic enforcement efforts such as added patrols around schools with active Safe Routes to School programs as well as pedestrian safety "step out" programs in business districts are now done on a regular basis.
Schools with active Safe Routes programs designed to educate and encourage more kids to walk and bike to school have had extra squads assigned during the important hours when children are going to and from school. These squads have ticketed hundreds of drivers for speeding in school zones and failing to yield the right of way to children in crosswalks. The squads have even arrested people with felony arrest warrents for them as part of these strategic enforcement efforts, getting some real bad guys off the streets and away from our children.
In a "Step Out" enforcement effort, uniformed police auxiliary attempt to cross the street in a crosswalk by an in-street "yield to pedestrians" sign as motor cycle officers stand by to ticket drivers who fail to yield the right of way. It is surprising how many drivers completely ignore the sign and the 2-3 prominant police motorcycle units and still fail to yield the right of way to the uniformed officer in the crosswalk.
But in addition to these regular duties, Milwaukee police officers have recently received added training emphasizing the importance of setting an example of safe driving habits for other motorist. You can expect that when not on a call, Milwaukee squad cars will travel the speed limit or slower, yield the right of way to pedestrians at crosswalks and be generally courteous to other road users.