Residents fed up with careless, reckless driving in north Minneapolis

- North Minneapolis residents see their fair share of issues with crime, but another problem riling people up is careless drivers.

“People just drive stupid, they don't care, they don't care who they hurt,” said north Minneapolis homeowner Mickey Cook, who had a driver recently crash into her house.

Cook and her wife Carol Rogovsky see reckless driving all the time at 36th and Logan Avenue North. Drivers are speeding, ignoring stop signs, causing major damage, and then getting back on the road without a license or insurance.

“A car is going 60 mph down a residential street, and you can't really stop that so it's really scary,” Rogovsky said.

Late last month, a careless driver blew past a stop sign, hit another speeding car with the right-of-way, and crashed into the couple’s house, leaving behind $6,000 in damage – including a fence installed to protect their son Jonah with special needs.

“There was a suburban up here and it slammed into the side of my house,” Cook said. “The guy that hit her had no license and his insurance won't pay.”

In 2016, there's been 45 instances of careless driving and 21 cases of reckless driving in Minneapolis; plus, two deaths as a result of mindless driving in north Minneapolis. While police say traffic issues aren't a growing problem in North Minneapolis, Ward 4 Councilwoman Barb Johnson disagrees.

“The police used to be able to tow your car if you do not have a driver's license or don't have insurance,” Johnson said. “They don't do that anymore.”

Johnson says careless drivers should have stricter punishments – “If they're not held accountable, then guess what maybe shooting out a car window at somebody isn't such a stretch.”

Minnesota state legislator Joe Mullery is working on getting a law back in the books to require unlicensed drivers caught behind the wheel to get a mandatory tow.

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