Let's 'do our best' to keep downtown 'safe and clean'
Published 7:29 pm, Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Let's get off track this week and talk about some concerns I have about New Milford's village center.
As a lot of you know, The Spectrum office is situated on Main Street, and I have a beautiful view of the Village Green.
But some of the things I've seen happen here on Main Street have me wondering about people's safety.
That's why I'm sharing this with you. Hopefully we can all benefit from this.
First of all, how many people know the speed limit on Main Street is 20 miles per hour?
You'd be amazed at how many people go zipping by here way faster than 20 m.p.h.
And I'd say that at least one out of five people are talking on their cell phone as they drive.
I've seen people steering their car with a cup of coffee in one hand and a cigarette in the other. That's scary.
I've also seen people go down Main Street with the pedal to the metal and their head turned around trying to get something from the back seat. Even scarier.
What really upsets me is when people leave children and/or pets in the car. You'd be surprised how often I see this happen, especially with dogs.
The interior of your car can get over 100 degrees in a hurry, even when it's parked in the shade.
If you plan to walk around downtown, be careful in crosswalks. Not everyone stops for pedestrians, even though it's the law.
And if you don't have a handicapped sticker for your vehicle, don't park in a handicapped spot.
Littering is another common downtown occurrence.
Some people drop cigarette butts and/or candy wrappers on the ground, and not everyone cleans up after his or her dog.
Other people are using the garbage bins along Main Street to dump their trash from home.
The New Milford Recycling Center is right around the corner at 18 Young's Field Road -- please use it.
This is your town, too, folks so let's all do our best to help keep it safe and clean.
The Sprint Cup guys are at Michigan on Sunday.
Whip City Speedway was rained out.