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Motor Vehicles and Sex Offenders

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.   


Paul June 07, 2014 at 09:15 AM
Hey Ernie/Restless, The only way to get any meaningful, sustained help from the town/PD is to get as may of us as possible to the next Traffic Committee Meeting and remind them that we vote (for both elections and future home rule petitions). As far as I see it, if our town/PD is not willing to put proactive thought/effort into tacking such an important issue, they do not deserve the incredibly generous retirement benefits they now enjoy (at significant expense to us all). Anyone can react to motor vehicle accidents, pedestrians hit by motor vehicles, etc.
Fred Hammer June 07, 2014 at 02:40 PM
paul you know and i know the old people should be off the rd they suck go thump your chest
Ernie Byers June 09, 2014 at 09:13 AM
Hey Fred, shut up please. Paul, I agree, and the traffic committee needs a change of faces, there aren't any non-employee residents on that committee which is odd. I've also heard that anyone that complains to them is threatened with having the speed limit INCREASED on their roads.
Clarence "Screaming Buffalo" Swamptown June 09, 2014 at 02:38 PM
Ernie, I went in front of them to complain about the commuters parking on my street instead of in the Lot at the train station. They told me they could put resident signs up, but then they'd start hearing complaints from the people on the next street over. I said, yes and then put signs up there, and the next and the next, until they start using the lot at the train station. It's not about fixing the problem, it's about not hearing complaints. Jerks.
Fred Hammer June 09, 2014 at 02:41 PM
thats my point that board sucks

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