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Police: call, don't post, to report speeding and neighborhood issues

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CHICOPEE, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

On Tuesday, we first brought you a story about speeding on a residential street in Chicopee.

Ever since it aired, viewers have been sending us requests to look into their street.

The only problem is that we're not the police and the real police now want you to know what to do if you have a similar complaint.

Tuesday night, Western Mass News brought this video to police.

While blown away by the footage, there isn't much police can do without catching the driver in the act.

"If I have a license plate number, I can call that person up.  I can have a conversation with them about their driving habits and how they need to change things.  That's about as far as I can go with that," said Chicopee Police Officer Michael Wilk.

However. that doesn't mean police don't want to see your proof because it certainly helps.

What matters the most, though, is a call.

"The calls will be logged, the times will be logged.  We can look at that and we can study that.  See, okay, there's a pattern there between 4 and 5 on that street.  We can have someone there between 4 and 5," Wilk explained.

Wilk said that there's hardly ever any exceptions to this rule and social media posts will not work.

"It has to go through our dispatch," Wilk added.

After a call on Tuesday night for Pleasantview Avenue, the very next day, officers were parked on the street.

"Our officers went out and they monitored the traffic.  No moving citations were issued.  They can't sit there all day, they can't sit there all night, so sometimes, they miss things," Wilk said.

Despite no moving violations, officers efforts weren't for nothing.

"They did discover that there were illegally parked motor vehicles on the street, parked vehicles on the street and the officers did their job, which they did appropriately, and they cited those vehicles for not parking properly.  [Was it more than just the one?]  I believe there were three," Wilk said.

Just because a street doesn't have a sign, that doesn't mean that you can just floor it.  According to the city, if there's no sign, it equals a 25 miles per hour speed limit all the time.

"We have the tools to combat the speeding.  We just have to be made aware of it," Wilk said.

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