Democratic Gov. Tony Evers announced on Monday that he had signed a Republican-drafted bill that would allow local governments to seize vehicles from repeat reckless drivers.
The legislation is part of a Republican push to crack down on reckless driving in the state, but particularly in Milwaukee. Rep. Bob Donovan, one of the bill’s sponsors, said in written remarks submitted to Assembly Public Safety that the Milwaukee Police Department issued 497 citations for reckless driving in 2022. That’s an increase of 32% compared to 2021.
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The bill allows counties and municipalities to pass ordinances allowing police to seize vehicles from reckless drivers if the driver has already been cited for reckless driving and has not paid forfeiture for that offense.
Evers said in a statement that everyone deserves to feel safe, but reckless driving and other dangerous behaviors are putting people across the state at risk.
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Republicans are also proposing another bill that would double fines and forfeitures for reckless driving and nearly double jail time for reckless driving causing serious bodily harm. The bill awaits a floor vote in the Senate.
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The bill is the first measure Evers has signed since the start of the 2023-25 legislative session in January.