Road Safety in the Summer
With warmer weather upon us, roads in Genesee will see a larger number of walkers, cyclists, motorcycles and vehicles. This increase means that everyone has an added responsibility to be aware of their surroundings, watch for wildlife and slow down.
Lieutenant Steve Wygant, Jeffco Patrol Division, is our new Patrol Liaison. Lt. Wygant recently met with the Fire and Safety Committee where he answered questions and discussed concerns about maintaining safety in Genesee. He reported that crime rates in Genesee are very low with almost no criminal reports being filed for Genesee this year. Nonetheless, he pointed out that there is a huge increase in motor vehicle thefts and thefts from motor vehicles elsewhere in the county. Lt. Wygant is very concerned about the safety of people who walk on the roadway, especially those who walk two or more abreast and/or do not walk facing traffic.
In terms of driving safety, Lt. Wygant, with the support and direction of the Board and the Fire and Safety Committee, has implemented a policy where more traffic stops are being made in Genesee with emphasis on driver education. Patrol is also implementing the “Click-it or-Ticket” program, whereby traffic stops for another violation like speeding will very likely lead to a ticket, especially when the driver is not wearing a seatbelt. It should be noted that at the end of May in 2018 there were 29 traffic stops with six citations written. By comparison, at the end of May this year, there were 120 traffic stops with 56 citations written. Speeding and inattentive driving are not just problems in Genesee, but are statewide problems as well. The traffic stop/citation policy for 2019 will hopefully send a message to everyone to be more attentive and to slow down. Help spread the word to your friends, relatives, neighbors and contractors that there are more people and vehicles on the roads during the summer and that enforcement is a top priority for Patrol.
Tom Harris | Fire and Safety Committee