Arriving in Castor three years ago from a larger centre, I was looking forward to a small town feel and a safer environment. The town of Castor delivered my expectations and much more except for what I believe to be a dangerous, ongoing but fixable issue.
What I am writing about is the continuous speeding, stunting and what I believe to be illegal vehicle noise levels in the streets of Castor.
I live across the street from one of our schools and, believe me when I say, I can hear them coming from several blocks away.
I do recall what it’s like to be young and want to ‘spin your wheels’ but there is a time and place for this and it has no business in our town limits ever, never mind near or in front of our schools.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying the offenders are all young citizens as I know of many many young vehicle operators in our community that are very safe and responsible when it comes to commuting Castor.
The offenders are a select few and they know who they are.
What is it going to take to alleviate this serious matter? I truly hope it’s not and God forbid, the death of a child.
I really don’t feel that more traffic signs or even flashing yellows will fix this. The only solution, in my opinion, is to start ‘the discussion’ and the larger presence of law enforcement.
The disbursement of a few heavy fines/tickets and demerits may slow people down.
I do realize our local authorities are stationed out of a different community and I know they are busy and do the best job they can protecting us.
Is this a town council issue? Do we need traffic cameras in highly vulnerable areas that could be the eyes for our officers who are away on another call?
I am a parent of two children and this is why I am so angered and passionate about this issue.
One of my daughters is four years old and I could not imagine getting that knock on my door that something had happened to her at the hands of a reckless, careless, idiotic driver.
Or the news that one of our elderly citizens met an early demise while trying to get some exercise after a long, productive, hard-working life. I wouldn’t be a responsible Castorite if I didn’t voice this serious problem.
When you start your vehicle in the morning, think about what could happen if you don’t think about what could happen!
Don J. McKim
A concerned Castor pedestrian