With the influx of $2.8 million of additional revenue for the City from the recent special census equating to about $800,000 per year thru the year 2020 until the next census, Naperville has an opportunity to invest money in numerous areas of needs and wants. One area that’s both a need and a want would be the Naperville Police Department.
It’s becoming widely known that Naperville is a great community to raise a family; it’s both safe and affluent. It’s also becoming a day-destination for ne’er-do-wells. We are seeing an increase of brazen crime including everything from purse-snatching to auto theft and break-ins. This is no fault of the Naperville Police Department; it’s a matter of numbers, more bad guys and not enough good guys.
That alone should be reason enough to shore up the police department with additional police officers and proper equipment. Add to that, the news we see daily with unrest in country in the form of unruly protests and worldly concerns, makes additional policing a need and a want. Fortunately most of us don’t come in contact with an increase in crime. However what we do see on a daily basis is a proliferation of inconsiderate drivers.
Recently residents were sharing their frustrations on a website/communication (Next Door Meadow Glens) specifically mentioning the intersection of Wehrli Road and Bailey, and how drivers see the stop sign as a suggestion rather than a rule of law. It’s not happening just there but everywhere. Driving etiquette has become passe. It’s next to impossible to drive to your destination without seeing any one or more of the following infractions:
- Distracted driving
- Failure to stop
- Failure to yield
- Following too closely
- Improper lane usage
- Lane change in an intersection
- Light violation
- Noise level
- No turn signal
- Passing in a no-passing zone
Is there anything more irritating than driving the speed limit and have someone tailgating you to the point you can’t see their headlights. Again, no fault of the Naperville Police Department, there just aren’t enough eyes to reign in inconsiderate drivers. A show of financial support for the NPD would be a step in the right direction.