Please slow down
Last week, the City saw a decrease in motor vehicle accidents thanks to those who made the responsible decision not to drive in icy conditions. We thank those who chose to stay home, protecting themselves, other drivers, and pedestrians.

Unfortunately, not all were as responsible. Our officers had to issue five speeding citations despite the conditions.

Speeding is one of the most common causes of traffic accidents and fatalities in the United States. When a driver exceeds the speed limit, they put themselves and other drivers at risk of injury or death.

“It is important for drivers to understand the risks of speeding,” said Police Chief John Densmore.

These risks include an increased chance of having an accident, danger to pedestrians and other drivers, and increased fuel consumption and wear and tear on the vehicle.

Depending on the offense, drivers can face fines of up to $200 for a first-time offense and up to $2,000 for a third or subsequent offense. Points may also be assessed on their license; if enough points are accumulated, their license can be suspended or revoked. Furthermore, the driver may have to pay additional fees to reinstate their license.

“Observing the posted speed limits just makes sense,” Chief Densmore said.

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