I am appalled at the complete admission of impotency from the Madison Police Department regarding a law enforcement issue.
Mayor Soglin must step up and address the actions of his police department.
The following is not the message that I want to see coming from the Madison Police Department. I am sure taxpayers across the city will feel the same as I do when reading the following from their police department.
At the intersection of Williamson Street and Jennifer Street there is very clear signage that states no vehicles are to enter onto Jennifer. In spite of the signage one can stand and watch vehicle after vehicle make the illegal entrance into the isthmus neighborhood. It is not uncommon to see 5-6 vehicles enter in a two-minute period.
The Madison Police have been alerted to the problem, and they rightly set up sting operations to curtail the problem. Still, the careless drivers continued to operate against the laws of the road.
So more citizen pressure was applied on Madison Police, which resulted in the following message today to members of the Marquette Neighborhood.
Emphasis below is mine.
My Officers (TEST Team) have been out there this morning as well. The usual scenario develops with too many violators to deal with and we have them driving by as we are issuing citations to others. Not very fun for them or us as they complain why they are getting caught while others are driving by.
Short of closing off this intersection, I am now convinced that we will never gain compliance. We will continue to work it when we have time, but we also have other construction areas in the city to enforce as well.
Sgt. Eric S. Tripke
Traffic Enforcement Safety Team
City of Madison Police
What other laws can be circumvented in the city if just enough people desire to do so?