Freetown Drivers: Can You Guess How Many Cars Will Pass This Police Radar?
Remember going to the Scholastic Book Fair every year in elementary school? You may recall that blissful feeling of walking around the library, looking at all the new books, school supplies and journals up on the specially-crafted shelves. It was one of the biggest events of the year, even for kids who didn't like to read.
Every year during the Scholastic Book Fair, my school's librarian would set out a guessing game, where you could submit a guess for how many jellybeans or M&Ms were in a jar. It was such a small thing, but the competition was heated and it felt great to be a part of something.
A decade or so later, I'm getting major guessing-game-at-the-Scholastic-Book-Fair vibes from a SouthCoast police station's recent post on Facebook, and I am here for it.
The Freetown Police Department shared a challenge on its page Thursday morning, encouraging the community to get involved.
"We have resurrected our antique radar trailer by dusting off the cobwebs and charging the batteries," the department posted. "Here is your first 2021 radar challenge!"
Your mission is to guess how many vehicles the radar will count as they travel by. Sounds like a little bit of harmless fun for the whole family, right? Here are a few logistics to think on: The department deployed the radar trailer at South Main Street in Freetown by the Assonet Four Corners around 8:30 a.m. Thursday morning, and are scheduled to pick it up Wednesday, April 21 at 8:30 a.m.
Submit your guess in a comment on the Freetown Police Department's Facebook post. The person with the closest guess will get their very own FPD badge. Guesses are limited to one per person.
In the post, the FPD also reminded residents about how radar detectors are used on the SouthCoast to promote safety on the road.
"The use of a speed radar trailer aids in educating the public, especially the driver who may be unaware exactly how fast they are going," the department posted. "While traffic enforcement through visible patrols and traffic citations remains an important component of our overall traffic safety strategy, the use of our speed radar trailer enhances our efforts to reduce speeding through education."
If you'd like the Freetown radar trailer to make an appearance on a street in your neighborhood, you can make a request with the department by calling 508-763-4017.