Last year, Attorney Michael Hupy wrote letters to all 19 metro-Milwaukee police chiefs with copies to the mayors of each municipality and appeared on television to urge pedestrian right-of-way laws be enforced by educating the public and issuing citations. In light of a recent accident, in Milwaukee, where the pedestrian had the right-of-way, Attorney Hupy is again sending letters to police chiefs and mayors urging citations be issued to drivers who violate pedestrian right-of-way laws.
Recently, a child was hit in a crosswalk at the corner of 53rd Street and Lisbon Avenue in Milwaukee. The driver claimed not to see the child legally crossing the street. At this time of year, more pedestrians will be crossing streets and police departments must step-up pedestrian right-of-way law enforcement.
That’s why Attorney Hupy is once again sending out letters urging police to take pedestrian awareness more seriously. The Shorewood Police Department is on board and its police chief requested “Yield To Pedestrians” stickers while the La Crosse Police Department has stepped up enforcement and reduced their pedestrian and bicycle-related accidents by 40%.
To educate the public, Hupy and Abraham, S.C. produced a 30-second PSA that has aired throughout Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa reminding people that every corner is a crosswalk. If you’re driving and pull up to a corner, whether it’s marked or not, you are legally obligated to yield to pedestrians.
Attorney Hupy, who was voted top “Local Activist” in a poll conducted in Milwaukee last year and feels it is his civic duty to reduce the number of accidents.