Milwaukee Mayor Johnson, Widespread Floor ask insurance coverage corporations to fund extra drivers training | WUWM 89.7 FM

Milwaukee’s mayor and a coalition of church buildings, colleges and neighborhood teams are asking three giant insurance coverage corporations to assist pay for extra drivers training for highschool college students.

Mayor Cavalier Johnson and the group Common Ground signed a letter to insurance coverage corporations American Household, State Farm and Progressive at a metropolis corridor ceremony Tuesday.

Widespread Floor technique group member Brenda McMurtry mentioned the hope is that extra well-trained younger drivers will imply much less of the reckless driving she has witnessed.

“I have been at many cease lights, and folks simply go proper by means of the lights, as if it is inexperienced. I’ve seen a variety of pace racing, and I used to be in the course of a police chase sooner or later that scared me,” McMurtry informed WUWM.

Johnson informed a information convention that he needs extra youthful drivers to study some fundamentals.

“They need to know issues like passing on the fitting is incorrect. They should know {that a} yellow site visitors sign doesn’t imply pace up. And, they need to know that tailgating will not be a option to ask the automobile in entrance of you to go sooner,” Johnson mentioned.

The Milwaukee Public Faculty Recreation Division (Milwaukee Recreation) presents two drivers ed applications, however officers say they’re typically full, and there is usually a allow value. MPS says hundreds of scholars miss out on drivers ed, even with an growth that began about six years in the past.

Johnson mentioned he hopes the insurance coverage corporations will see that paying to additional increase drivers ed will repay.

Photograph from American Household web site

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Jim Buchheim, neighborhood and social affect officer at American Household Insurance coverage

“We might find yourself in a scenario the place the calls on them, for reckless driving associated crashes would go down, if extra folks had sound fundamentals in driving,” Johnson mentioned.

WUWM contacted Progressive, State Farm and American Household for response to the drivers ed proposal. To this point, solely Madison-based American Household has replied.

The corporate’s social affect officer, Jim Buchheim, says he is thinking about studying extra about Widespread Floor’s Common Driver Training Marketing campaign. The agency additionally says it has been speaking with quite a lot of Milwaukee neighborhood teams about methods to handle reckless driving.

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