Earlier this winter, area roads were plagued with high snow banks that made navigation difficult and which helped increase the risk of accidents. So when the snow melted and the roads resumed their normal dimensions, some drivers may have responded to the improved conditions by speeding more.
With that in mind, the Lynnfield Police Department announced this week that for a recent traffic enforcement period lasting from February 14 to March 27, it issued 199 citations. During the same time period last year, the department issued 124 citations.
Earlier this month, Police Chief David Breen urged Lynnfield residents to drive carefully and slow down, warning that the department would be keeping an eye out for speeding and other dangerous driving activities.
On Main Street alone in Lynnfield, police issued 59 citations during the recent enforcement period, compared to just 12 last year.
The citations issued were for various criminal as well as civil offenses, although speeding was particularly common during this period.
"It is important for people to understand that we are taking an aggressive approach to traffic enforcement. We have had numerous complaints about speeding from residents," said Breen. "Speeding is the number one cause of accidents. Higher accident rates have a direct impact on our automobile insurance costs. I urge all residents to operate their motor vehicles as if they were driving down the street on which they live."