The fact that we have level 2 & 3 sex offenders living amongst us is disturbing, especially for all of us with young children.
When looking at the odds however, you know what is even more threatening to our children...? The 1000 or so motor vehicles driving through my neighborhood at 40+mph EVERY DAY. One wrong move, one lapse of reason for just a second (not difficult for the little ones) and they're gone.
Just watched one driver, coffee and cell phone in each hand and had to be doing 45mph. There commuters (most who do not reside in Swampscott), couldn't care less about out neighborhoods or our safety. And it seems we have no protection; our police department is much more reactive than proactive; below is from just two days of the Police Log:
Wednesday, May 28:
- At 4:13 p.m., police responded to a motor vehicle accident involving a pedestrian on Pine Street.
Thursday, May 29:
- At 5:41 a.m., police responded to a motor vehicle accident involving a cyclist on Pine Street.
I've inquired and been told that our police department doesn't have the personnel or funding to keep our children safe from this threat. That is complete BS. It's simple math; Even if only half the speeders on say Pine St. were issued moving violations (and the others warnings) during an eight hour overtime shift, that would be anywhere from $3000-$5000 a day (at a lowball $50 a ticket). It would cost the town about $600-900 to pay for that Officer's OT shift. I don't know many officers that wouldn't come-in for an eight hour OT Shift.
It is a win-win-win-win: The town collects needed revenue, the officer makes a chunk of $ for the day, the speeders are slowed (hopefully permanently, after months of repeated shifts dedicated to traffic enforcement), and the arrests for drugs, DUI/DWI, illegal possession of a firearm, possession of stolen property (from a Swampscott home), etc., are all bonuses that further protect our community.
I wish our town administration/PD would give this a try for just one week. I'm confident one the money stars to flow to the coffers, additional arrests are made (now that we have a new police station to book the suspects safely), and the community responds positively, Swampscott will be a safer and more enjoyable place to live.