The good news is that officer Jacqueline White saved a baby's life. The bad news is that she almost missed the opportunity because of the annual out-of-control graduation celebration which I call Chester's Mardi Gras as 9th Street mimics Bourbon Street without the beads.
I was going to leave this one alone since I bring it up every year to deaf ears but we have to get the foolish practice of speeding around town hanging out of cars under control before a head is split open.
Why can't we sanction an organized parade up and down 9th Street after a Chester High School graduation? To allow these kids to hang out of cars and drive around town at high speeds is criminal as the police standby and let much of it go on without any intervention.
Besides the safety issue, I feel sorry for the people on the Septa bus trying to get to work and stuck on 9th street because it wasn't rerouted to another street since it's not a 'real' parade.
All we have to do is block the street, line the cars up, let them go up and down 9th Street a few times and be done with it. If later they want to speed around town with folks hanging off the cars and trucks, give them a ticket.
Is that unreasonable?
As Officer White says, "I've never seen anything like it."
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