Council President Proposes New City Department of Transportation
Ald. Cavalier Johnson thinks the department could better address reckless driving.
Milwaukee Common Council President Cavalier Johnson says he would like to split the city’s Department of Public Works into two separate entities, with one focusing specifically on the city’s transportation issues.
Johnson, who will serve as acting mayor if Mayor Tom Barrett receives U.S. Senate confirmation to become the U.S. ambassador to Luxembourg, said his plan would leave traditional public works functions such as leaf and garbage collection under one department while a new local department of transportation would address issues like Milwaukee’s rampant reckless driving problem.
Johnson has announced he plans to run for mayor during a special election following Barrett’s departure. Councilwoman Marina Dimitrijevic and Milwaukee County Sheriff Earnell Lucas have also said they plan to run.
Johnson was elected to the Milwaukee Common Council in 2016 and reelected in 2020. He has served as Common Council president since last year.
Johnson said reckless driving is the no. 1 complaint among calls to his office.
But Johnson said soon many people joined him, and wanted to talk about Milwaukee’s reckless driving and crime rate. The city is on pace to have another record number of homicides this year.
Johnson’s district is one of the more high-crime areas of the city.
“Everybody wants peaceful quiet and safe enjoyment of their neighborhoods, they deserve that,” Johnson said. “They don’t deserve to walk with their son or grandson and have a car jump on the curb driving directly at you and then swerve at the last second to try to intimidate you. They do deserve opportunities to feel safe.”
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Milwaukee Common Council President Wants To Create City DOT To Curb Reckless Driving was originally published by Wisconsin Public Radio.