Milwaukee community activist creates music videos to raise awareness of reckless driving
By Michele Fiore
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MILWAUKEE (WDJT) — The push is on to tackle Milwaukee’s reckless driving problem.
Earlier this month, Mayor Cavalier Johnson revealed his plan, but there are fears those who need to hear from town hall will not.
A new reckless driving music video, written and produced right here in Milwaukee, has just been released. The creators hope this will stop potential reckless drivers in their tracks.
This is the second video clip aimed at combating reckless driving in Milwaukee.
“I don’t like to use the phrase, but we’re trying to say it’s kind of ‘neighborhood music’, and we’re trying to reach people who listen to that kind of music,” the community activist said. Tracey Dent.
“The only way I can determine why I keep doing what I’m doing is because I’m doing God’s work,” Dent said.
Dent also works as an Uber driver, often seeing the recklessness firsthand. But he didn’t make his first music video about it until 7-year-old Londyn Nicole Quesada died.
“And it just, it touched my heart, and I said okay, let’s do something together,” Dent said.
Last year, reckless drivers killed 65 people in Milwaukee and injured many more.
Therapists think Dent is onto something, saying it’s a great way to reach drivers who may be resistant to change.
“Getting your message across and showing, hey, that’s something that’s close to my heart. I think music videos are a great way to get your message across. It’s very creative. You can use music for so many different things,” said Donetta Walker of Divine Wellness & Counseling.
“The target audience doesn’t watch the news and we try to reach them in a different way,” Dent said. “If it’s not social media, it’s through music or word of mouth.”
Dent plans to release a second part of his town hall-style video.
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