Now that the weather is nice and people are anticipating some kind of re-opening of society, there has been a noticeable increase in the number of cars and trucks on Newton’s streets, just as foot and bicycle traffic are likewise on the rise. But it seems that people got used to driving with much emptier roads, because drivers’ rates of speed and inattentiveness to pedestrians and bikers are very evident.

I’m hoping that our Chief of Police will instruct his folks to be especially vigilant during the coming weeks in enforcing the traffic laws. I’d hate to see an uptick in traffic fatalities just when our rate of Covid-19 deaths is trending down.